About Us

Northern York County Historical & Preservation Society (NYCHAPS)

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.

Dillsburg Area Business Association (DABA)

The Dillsburg Business Association, Inc. is a completely volunteer based, nonprofit association dedicated to the support of our community and the advancement of local businesses. Our association helps to sponsor numerous local events and awards scholarships to graduating students in the Northern York School District each year.

A Brief History of the Dills Tavern & Grounds

The Dills Tavern, this beautiful sandstone building in the vernacular Federal style was constructed in 1792 on the main road connecting Carlisle, Harrisburg, York, and Baltimore. The 2 1\2 story building was an improvement over the rustic tavern that was first operated on the property around 1758. The Dill family, Scots-Irish immigrants, operated the tavern for travelers stopping for lodging and food. Improved in 1800 by the Eichelberger family, it served as a tavern until about 1835. It has been painstakingly restored, with additional buildings constructed on the plantation property over the last 15 years, including a rare 1794 Grundscheier barn, a period Wheelwright shop, distillery, bake oven, smokehouse, and modern kitchen. Purchased by the Northern York County Historical And Preservation Society (NYCHAPS) in 2001, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2004.