Truck driver delivered broadside to Golden Plough, but left scarcely a scratch
In 2007, a truck crashed into a wall behind where the York County Heritage Trust’s Linda Neylon is standing, forcing the landmark to close for repairs. The repaired historical site opened a couple of weeks later. Background posts: York’s housing stock not that revolutionary, Hillary Clinton’s rally site in York a little odd and Proposed ‘Creation of a Nation’ museum name glib, but lacks grounding.
Shortly after a driver motored into the 200-plus-year-old wall of the Golden Plough Tavern in 2007, York County Heritage Trust workers gathered shattered logs and scraps of wood with an eye toward restoration.
The landmark’s side was badly damaged, but the truck’s driver missed not only the statue of Marquis de Lafayette on his way from the street but also significant artifacts inside the building.
Simply put, it was a clean break… .
Two workers secure the front of the Golden Plough Tavern shortly after a truck drove into it.
Painstaking rehabilitation began soon thereafter, and its success is apparent – or maybe, thankfully, not apparent.
I walked through the room in which the truck ended up during a weekend tour of the Golden Plough-Gates House-Colonial Courthouse complex.
If the guide had not mentioned the incident, I would not have noticed any residual affects of the crash.
There might have been scratches on the floor. And some splintering in the side of a piece of furniture was apparent when pointed out.
What started as a potential disaster, ended with only a scratch or two on one of York County’s most prized historical buildings.
The Heritage Trust threw a little dirt on the cut and went on playing.
Carpenter Matt Gobrecht replaces logs in the wall of the Golden Plough Tavern in 2007.