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6 unsung places to discover in your own York County backyard


If you haven’t been down to the Market District in York, Pa., on a Saturday morning recently, you’ve missed seeing an increase in foot traffic and shopping opportunities. Some folks go from shop to shop, picking up gifts for others – and themselves. You can put a pretty deep dent in a shopping list just in these Market District shops. So you can enjoy Central Market, as always, and a retail climate that is sunny – even on a rainy day like today. Also of interest: Discover these 17 neat places in your own York County, Pa., backyard. Actually, make that 18.

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So, here are are 5 more unsung sites, with a specialty on York City … .2. Workers Memorial

From the left, Dave Ness, Darrin Mutz and Gary Amspacher of Kinsley Construction Inc. set Lorann K. Jacobs sculpture "Workers of York" into a 14,000 lb. base of Pennsylvania Mist granite at the York County Industrial Museum in York Monday. Jacobs worked on the bronze statue for a year that depicts a generation of great-grandfathers struggling, giving their labor for their country. The names of the 104 contributors will be inscribed in the base. (Photo taken 8/15/99) Paul Kuehnel - Daily Record/Sunday News

The art of Dallatown-based sculptor Lorann Jacobs is all around the city for your enjoyment. This is one piece, a memorial in the courtyard of the Agricultural and Industrial Museum. It’s available to enjoy during the West Princess Street museum’s hours.  Of course, you can spend a half-day in the museum, too. And not see everything. More: Workers of York.






3. J. Horace Rudy’s work


This display might not be permanent but for now you can see an example of noted York artist J. Horace Rudy’s stained glass work up close. It’s in the window at 15 E. Philadelphia St. The public is rediscovering his century-old work, as witnessed by an upcoming tour of places where his stained glass can still be seen and enjoyed.


4. Garden at Forsight Vision Center 


York County, Pa., is filled with public gardens – quiet getaways that are there to be enjoyed. This one is on the campus of Forsight Vision Center on Spahn Avenue in York. It’s a small garden – a place to rest from your tour of unsung places! More: ‘The bees have been enjoying this garden, too.’


5. The view from Chickies Rock

We’ve now left the city. In fact, we’ve left York County. But we can see York County in a way that thousands of people see it every day – from Chickies Rock. This high point is north of Columbia on the Lancaster County side of the Susquehanna and offers a bird’s-eye view of the river and York County on its west bank. It’s a little hike to get to the overlook, but it’s worth the walk. Placards in the parking area tell you a little about this place’s history.


6. Coffee at the Cocoa Beanery


Every unsung tour needs to feature an eatery/coffeehouse. You can just keep heading up the east bank of the Susquehanna River from Chickies Rock and enjoy the Cocoa Beanery, not far from the Hershey Medical Center. It’s an interesting case of adaptive reuse – the coffeehouse is part of the former Edgewood Farm House. An exhibit inside tells about the place.

Others in this series:

– 6 cool, unsung regional sites to discover and enjoy

– 6 more cool York / Adams sites to discover and enjoy