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Second Saturday Lecture Series: The Cookes House

Presented by York County History Center at York County Historical Society Museum, York PA

Jul 09 2016
Second Saturday Lecture Series: The Cookes House

Honor York’s 275th anniversary by discovering its diverse historical & cultural heritage through the Trusts Second Saturday Lecture Series

Michael R. Helfrich, York City councilman and Lower Susquehanna River Keeper, will highlight the history of York City's Cookes House, the hidden gem along the Codorus.  Aside from serving as the lodging of Thomas Paine during his stay in York during the city’s time as the  nation's Capital,  the mill-house built in 1761 was the center of Johannes Guckes' grain mill, saw mill, and distillery complex, and is the only building remaining in York City that represents our earliest colonial industries. The Cookes house also housed visitors to the Second Continental Congress, while they were meeting in York.  Later, the building was home to York's first industrial-scale paper-maker, Phillip Jacob King, as he planned one of the most active industrial areas of York's federal period. Join us to learn more about the early American history of the Cookes House, and the evolution of the mill complex that stood adjacent to the house from the mid-18th century until the great flood of 1933.

Free and open to the public!
*Photograph is of Cookes House before Restoration


Free and open to the public. No registration required

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Series is monthly, different topic presented on each second Saturday

* Event durations (if noted) are approximate. Please check with the presenting organization or venue to confirm start times and duration.


York County Historical Society Museum

250 East Market Street, York, PA 17401

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Jessica Lee

Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Mixed Media, Painting, Printmaking, Visual Arts Instructor, Works on paper