Donate Your Treasures

Don't throw away those old photos and papers! If you have items related to York Springs history, contact us to see if your donation can help enhance our Archives. Contact our Archivist at
Nov 02 2014
Have you ever read "Little Pilgrim to Penn’s Woods" by local author Edna Albert? Would
you like to read the book and then meet to discuss it? We will be doing just that on the first
Sunday afternoon in November. The Society has two copies to loan out, or perhaps you could borrow from a friend. We have 5 months to get our books read!!
Little Pilgrim to Penn's WoodsMiss Albert’s book, the fictional story of little Selinda and her family leaving their homeland to look for religious freedom in the New World, was first published in 1930 and reprinted in 1932.
Edna Albert was born in 1878 and died in 1960. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from DickinsonCollege in 1905. She was a long-time member and Sunday School teacher at Chestnut Grove Lutheran Church and was known for her work with the WCTU, the YWCA, and the Adams County Historical Society.
There are several copies available online - click to search for one at
Nov 17 2014

The Museum's new Education Exhibit will open during our November meeting. Join us for an a interesting look at educating the area's children in days gone by.

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Museum & Archives Hours

Our Museum is open the 1st Sunday of the month from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

The Archives are open for research each Wednesday from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Sunset Memories is Available!

sunset-memories-webSunset Memories is back in print! This fascinating book is "a restrospective of a life lived during the last Seventy-five years of the Nineteenth Century, 1831-1901." You won't find a more detailed first-hand account of local history than this one written by Rev. Leonard Marsden Gardner.

Get your copy at the Museum or order a copy by emailing Cost is $23.00 (tax included). Shipping will be added to mail orders. Makes a great Christmas gift, too!

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About Our Historical Society

Ye Olde Sulphur Spa Historical Society works to encourage the study of the historical and cultural aspects of both York Springs and Adams County, Pennsylvania and to collect and preserve existing records and artifacts.

Our Historical Society is named for the famous York Sulphur Springs, which enjoyed a good reputation among the residents of Baltimore and Philadelphia during the 1800’s for its health-restoring properties. The York Sulphur Springs was the first summer resort in Adams County, and remained popular until the advent of the railroad made the Atlantic Beach resorts more attractive destinations. Daily stages ran from both Baltimore and Philadelphia to York Springs.

YOSSHS Meetings are held on the third Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. (except for July, August, December, & January) at the Society's Headquarters at 408 Main Street, York Springs. Our building is handicapped-accessible and there is ample parking behind the building. Entrance is at the rear from the upper level.

We have a diverse membership, which includes long-time residents as well as newcomers to our community who are interested in local history and its preservation.

We invite you to visit one of our meetings to learn about our society and the history of both York Springs and Adams County. We hope you will find our gatherings interesting and we welcome your membership!