Glen Rock mural by the Rail Trail
Glen Rock preserves and shares its history
Each of our York County communities, no matter what size, seems to have its own uniquely rich history. My own families settled, some well over two hundred years ago, in the southeastern part of the county. I still have so much to learn, especially about the rest of the county.
When I explore the remaining three-quarters of York County, it is almost like taking a mini-vacation to another country. On spending part of a day in Glen Rock last week, I was struck anew by the deep heritage of that small town (2050 in 2017) and surrounding area.
Our group started off with lunch at the Glen Rock Mill Inn, good food served in a showpiece restored mill. Afterward, we walked a short way on the York County Heritage Rail Trail to the Glen Rock Historic Preservation Society at 1 Manchester Street (in the PeoplesBank building). Curator and archivist Lois and Steve Myers and other dedicated volunteers treated us to a special tour. The all-volunteer organization has amassed, and cares for, an impressive array of objects and artifacts to tell their story. It ranges from mills to the Foust distillery, Glen Rock Steam bakery to large-scale furniture manufacturing and the well-known Glen Rock Carolers.
The GRHPS museum and archives are open regularly on the second Sunday of each month from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month, just prior to their regular meeting. The public is welcome at the monthly meetings, which usually feature guest speakers. Tours can also be arranged at other times for interested groups such as ours (the staff of the York County History Center).