June 6, 2024 - CANCELLED

Discover Downtown York: A Unique Tour Blending Artisan Soap-Making, Culinary Delights, and Revolutionary History


Pickup in front of UMPC Arena: 9:30-9:45 a.m.
Return to UMPC Arena: 4:00 p.m.  

Summary: Immerse yourself in the charm of Downtown York with this captivating tour that combines hands-on soap-making at the Sunrise Soap Company, savoring fresh local flavors at Central Market House, and exploring the rich history of the American Revolutionary War at the York County History Center's Colonial Complex, featuring a visit to Golden Plough Tavern and The General Horatio Gates House. Embark on a journey that engages your senses and transports you through the vibrant tapestry of York's cultural and historical treasures.


10:00 a.m.
Sunrise Soap Company: Sunrise Soap Company soaps are made in small batches and contain high-quality oils, which are extremely beneficial to the skin, provide moisture, and produce a wonderful lather.  The energetic demonstration will show you how these natural oils are used to make specialty soaps. After you learn how soap is made, it is time to make some of your own. Following the step-by-step instructions from your guide, you will create a soap of your own to take with you.
Depart at 12:15 p.m.


12:20 p.m.
Central Market House (Lunch on Your Own): Located on the same block as Sunrise Soap Company and about a dozen footsteps away, visitors will find fresh local flavor at the many prepared food vendors, with tons of seating. Experience the viral sensation Hefty Lefty’s Hoagies and Grinders, satisfy your craving for fresh sushi at Nama Sushi, sit down and enjoy Mezzogiorno’s delicious lunch offerings, or visit any of the more than 12 food vendors offering everything from pizza, to burgers, to Caribbean food, burritos, and so much more!
Depart at 1:30 p.m.


1:45 p.m.
York County History Center: Just a three-block walk or a two-minute drive from Central Market House is the History Center’s Colonial Complex. One of our most popular York, PA museums, the Colonial Complex, encompasses four historic downtown buildings. You will explore York County’s role during the American Revolutionary War and everyday life and culture during the 18th century.  Built in 1741, the Golden Plough Tavern served as a source of news and information for travelers and locals alike and showcases daily colonial life.

The General Horatio Gates House (c. 1751) reflects an upper-class English home of the late 18th century, highlighting the stay of American General Horatio Gates during the winter of 1777-1778. You will also visit the reconstructed Colonial Courthouse that highlights the story of the Second Continental Congress when they worked out of York during the winter of 1777-1778 and adopted the Articles of Confederation.
Depart at 3:45 p.m.

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