The "Factory Tour Capital of the World" theme fits nicely into another: The History of Industry.

And the History of Industry, Dear Visitor, begins right here in York County. (Well, to clarify, the history of "American" industry!) The famed Kentucky Rifle and Conestoga Wagon saw much development and refinement in York. 

The first coal-burning locomotive and first iron steamboat were birthed here. York has lent its name to such products as the York Peppermint Patty, York Air Conditioners, York Barbell, and even the York Imperial Apple.

That’s great, but where do you fit in?

Well, as it turns out, not only do you have a unique opportunity to "watch stuff made" in York County, but you also have the opportunity to learn about the history of industry. Visitors Centers at Harley-Davidson Motor Co., The Pfaltzgraff Co., and York Barbell serve as mini-museums, showcasing their histories. In fact, York Barbell is also the home of the USA Weightlifting Hall of Fame!


The Industrial and Agricultural Museum of York County is a community gem, as is the Fire Museum of York County. Unique historical destinations are also found at the MD & PA RR Preservations Society, Wallace-Cross Grist Mill, and nearby National Watch & Clock Museum, located just across the Susquehanna River in Columbia.

Do we really know the history of industry? Well, why not just ask some of our local manufacturers: Harley-Davidson, Pfaltzgraff, Starbucks (yup, the coffee you drink probably came from York!), Frito-Lay, York International, Dentsply International, Gladfelter….

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