The Story of Maple Shade Barn
NYCHAPS has been actively renovating the century-old Maple Shade Barn into its headquarters since the organization was first gifted the barn in 1992 by John and Mary Rearick. Vast renovations have allowed the Maple Shade Barn to house NYCHAPS meetings and events, as well as its collection of artifacts and documents. In 1998, work was completed on the ground floor which serves as our meeting-place and accommodates kitchen facilities, as well as a Gift Shop. The ground floor is used extensively by the society and other groups for meetings, and is rented by community members for a variety of social functions. After the renovation of the ground floor, the committee turned its attention to the second floor which, in 1999, was completed to house the Archives and Collections.
Having outgrown the smaller archives & accessions room, this second-floor space was developed to give NYCHAPS more space for its collections. Meanwhile, the smaller accessions room has been converted into a museum room. This area provides a suitable, climate-controlled atmosphere for the growing historical and community-related collections.
In the spring of 2011, NYCHAPS began its newest phase of work: an expansion that will provide a climate-controlled Research Room, which will house the NYCHAPS library and genealogical materials, as well as giving shelter to large archeological and collection items. The final phase of the Maple Shade Barn will be a new 2,000 square-foot museum where NYCHAPS can tell the complete story of Northern York County. Included in this area will be space for permanent exhibits, rotating exhibits, and two alcoves that can easily be converted into period rooms. Once this phase is finished, NYCHAPS will have completed its master plan for the Maple Shade Barn.
Reserve Maple Shade Barn
The Maple Shade Barn is available as a venue for wedding and baby showers, family reunions, and more. Contact NYCHAPS for a tour of the space or to book your event.