Experience history at Dill’s Tavern, an 18th-century home to travelers that will transport you back to historic America with its rye whiskey distillery, outdoor bake oven, Wheelwright Shop, and nearby collection of local historic documents.
Dill’s Tavern and Plantation
227 N. Baltimore Street Dillsburg, PA 17019
Sundays (during the season–April 11, 2021 through November 20, 2021) from 2:00 to 4:00pm and by appointment. $5 for individuals and $10 per family (immediate family only). Children under 12 are free.
Monday through Saturday by appointment only. To book a private tour or group tour, please contact us and we will be happy to organize your visit.
Tours run approximately 1 to 2 hours. Private tours are $10 per person and $5 for children under 12. Advance notice is needed for all private and group tours. Contact us for additional information.
If you’re interested in a tour, please follow the steps below.
1. When you’ve decided to join us for a tour, please come prepared that day by watching the following video prior to your tour. 2. Arrive for your tour! Please head to the Orientation Room and Gift Shop when you arrive. 3. Payment will be collected at that time prior to the tour.
Historic Walking Tour
Experience the amazing history Dillsburg has to offer with NYCHAPS’ virtual tour of historic buildings in Dillsburg. Simply use the virtual tour map below to walk or drive through the town and discover the history behind each building, including the Tavern Complex, Farmers Bank, Opera House, the old post office, and so much more.
This project was financed in part by a grant from the Community Conservation Partnerships Program, Environmental Stewardship Fund, under the administration of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Recreation and Conservation. The grant was awarded through the South Mountain Partnership, with management oversight of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.
We are a partner of the South Mountain Partnership, an alliance of organizations working to preserve and enhance the cultural and natural assets of the South Mountain Landscape in Central Pennsylvania. To learn more about the Partnership, please visit www.southmountainpartnership.org.
Maple Shade Barn Office and Museum
35 Greenbrier Lane Dillsburg, PA 17019 717-502-1440
Office Hours: Tuesday through Friday 11:00am to 3:00pm Appointments with the archivist are by appointment and are only available to members.
NYCHAPS welcomes any pet that’s well-trained and under full control of its Owner. Many of the NYCHAPS events feature animals, in order to keep all animals safe, we have established the following guidelines: All pets must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet. Pets are allowed on all outdoor areas of the Plantation. Pets on a leash are also allowed in areas accessed by vehicles, including roadsides, parking areas, and picnic areas. Pets are NOT permitted in the Visitor Center, Tavern, Wheel Wright Shop or Maple Shade Barn. All pet owners need to clean up after their pets or face possible expulsion from the property. Besides being unsightly, animal waste can be hazardous to the health of our children who also attend and play at our events. This policy only applies to pets. Service animals are permitted, by law, throughout the facility.
Smoking is permitted inside vehicles, on sidewalks, in gravel or paved parking areas, and in an area immediately adjacent to a fire ring, or a smoking station (see picture). Period appropriate smoking (cigars and pipes) is permitted on a limited basis at select times in the Wheelwright Shop and Tap Room. Please ask before lighting up! NYCHAPS may designate any portion of a plantation, or any portion of a building, structure or facility as closed to smoking when necessary to protect historic property, reduce the risk of fire, or prevent conflicts among visitors and activities.
NYCHAPS is proud to maintain an authentic atmosphere. Part of that includes the use of candles and fireplaces. NYCHAPS is responsible for making adequate provision for the safety and security of its members and guests. In general, candles and other open flame devices shall be set up and ignited only by a NYCHAPS person who has been trained in its use and is present to serve as a fire watch. Please note the following guidelines: • Patrons are not permitted to move candlesticks. There are sufficient sticks in each room on both floors. • Patrons who attempt to move lit sticks are at risk of burning themselves and others. NYCHAPS cannot assume responsibility for burn injuries. • Use common sense around lit candles, do not let them burn down into the sockets. Extinguish and inform an event organizer or fire watch for a replacement. • NYCHAPS personnel will periodically walk through the rooms to monitor all lit candles and replace as needed.
In addition, fireplaces must only be ignited and maintained by the designated NYCHAPS fire watch. If improperly operated or maintained, wood burning fireplaces are potential sources of an uncontrolled fires. Never burn any garbage, plastics, wrapping paper, or other inappropriate materials.
NYCHAPS reserves the right to cancel an event due to low enrollment, inclement weather, or other circumstances which would make the event non-viable. If NYCHAPS cancels an event, registrants will be offered a full refund. Should circumstances arise that result in the postponement of an event, registrants will have the option to either receive a full refund or transfer registration to the same event at the new, future date. In the case of last minute cancellations, all efforts will be made to inform you of the cancellation or rescheduling of the event. Before every event, you should check our website for updates.
The Northern York County Historical and Preservation Society (NYCHAPS) strives to inspire by connecting the lessons of the past to the challenges of today. Through hands-on experience, the past culture of the area is brought to life in a deeper and richer educational experience. Through preservation, research, and our collections, NYCHAPS seeks to inspire a different way of learning history.