July 18th – 22nd 9:00 a.m. – noon daily Dill’s Tavern and Plantation
Open to any 3rd – 6th grade children, our annual History Camp will give kids an opportunity to live and play like colonial children. Daily activities will include fiber arts, metalworking, woodwork, candle making, butter churning and much more. Learn to turn grain into bread in our outdoor bake oven. Register online now! Paper registration forms are available at Maple Shade Barn and during Dill's Tavern & Plantation Sunday tours.
Squirrel Tail Bake Oven Construction
Friday, July 22nd and Saturday, July 23rd Instructor: Sam McKinney $350 per student, 4-student limit
Students will learn how to build a traditional Pennsylvania squirrel tail oven of antique brick. Clay mortars, lime mortars, and clay plaster coatings, will be discussed and used in the construction of this oven. Students will be allowed to make copies of all templates, wood arches, etc., used in the class to take home with them. This is a real, period brick oven, not some modern idea of what an oven was like. Lunch will be provided. Email email@example.com to register.
Hymn Sing at Historic Monaghan Church
Sunday, July 24th, 2 p.m. Historic Monaghan Church 15 E. Church Street, Dillsburg
Join the Northern York County Historical and Preservation Society for an old time hymn sing at Historic Monaghan Church, Dillsburg. We'll collect a free-will offering to fund a new roof for this vital part of local history and community. An ice cream social at Dill's Tavern will follow.
Last year was such a success that we are again holding Fifth Friday. Enjoy the warm summer ambiance of Dill's Tavern and Plantation with live music in the courtyard. We're bringing back not only the North Mountain Ramblers, but also our famous Dill Dog and homemade vanilla ice cream with Irish coffee topping. Admission is $10 per person but will be free for Tavern Keeper and Founders level members of the Northern York County Historical and Preservation Society. All guests must be 21 or older for this BYOB event.
WWII Tribute Day and Big Band Dance
Saturday, August 13th Dill's Tavern and Plantation Tribute Festival: 9 a.m. — 4 p.m. Free Admission. Big Band Dance: 7 — 10 p.m. $15. NYCHAPS will host its annual commemoration of local WWII heroes on August 13th at Dill’s Tavern and Plantation. The tribute begins at 9 a.m. with WWII living historians, encampments, speakers, a small tactical demonstration, and special exhibits commemorating the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The annual USO-style Big Band Dance under the stars will follow that evening, beginning at 7 p.m. in the courtyard at Dill’s Tavern. Jazz and big band music will be performed live by The Will Fisher Orchestra under the baton of Clair Zeiders. Bring a lawn chair and your dancing shoes! The event is rain or shine. Light refreshments will be provided and period clothing is welcomed.
Are You Researching Your Family Tree?
If your family is local to the Northern York County Region, there may be records and documents about your ancestors in our archives. The local family collection in the NYCHAPS archives is constantly growing and we would love to share our records with you. Genealogical research by a NYCHAPS researcher is available for a fee of $15/hour.
New Hours at Maple Shade Barn
Wednesday and Friday: noon– 4 p.m. Thursday: noon– 8:30 p.m. Thanks to a generous grant through the National Office of the Aging, we will be able to keep the office and gift shop open on a regular basis with the help of our newest staff member, Darlene. Hours will be expanded later this year as well as access to the research library. And remember, Maple Shade Gift Shop is a great place to find Dillsburg memorabilia, publications, and unique gifts. Expect to see an expanded inventory, Crafter’s Saturdays, and special sales.
Weddings at Historic Dill's Tavern
Photo by Julie Hagenbuch Photography
Did you or someone you know you just get engaged? Have you always admired Dill's Tavern and wondered how beautifully the courtyard could be decorated with flowers and lights? Beginning in 2015, NYCHAPS is reorganizing its wedding packages to include venue options at the Maple Shade Barn and Historic Monaghan Church. We welcome you to contact us about hosting your special day at one of our historic properties, all of which have electricity and indoor plumbing. Please contact us firstname.lastname@example.org 717-502-1440 for more information.
Quilting Days in Dillsburg
Every Thursday from 6:30–8:30 p.m. at Maple Shade Barn Select Sundays throughout 2016 at Dill's Tavern
Always a quilt on the frame needing stitching, or bring your own project! Even if you are not yet a quilter, we can show you how. This is a fun and friendly way to start. Maple Shade Quilters meet every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Maple Shade Barn, Dillsburg. Sunday quilting at Dill's Tavern runs from 2—4 p.m. upstairs on the second floor of the tavern in Dillsburg on the following Sundays: May 22, June 19, July 24, August 21, September 18, Sunday, October 16. For more information, contact Winni at 717-979-2456. New quilters always welcome.
Tours of Dill's Tavern & Plantation
Dill's Tavern and Plantation is now open on Sundays from 2 to 4 p.m. for tours. The distillery is complete, the barn is finished and the Charles Vogelsong Orientation Center is ready for visitors. Donations for tours are $5 per person or $10 per family.