Old York College House Now Museum

By Chrystal Houston

 

Many YC alumni remember the old Wessels house that sat on the Northeast side of campus next to the Quonset hut. It was used as a maintenance storage building, and due to its dilapidated conditions, students would joke about it being haunted. That all changed in 2002 when York College donated the house to the David Wessels Living History Farm project, which was just getting underway.

 

Now the living history farm is fully operational, and decked out for Christmas. The house has been restored, and decorated in the simple manner of a 1920s farm house. They host educational programs about agriculture from the 1920s through the 40s at the farm, but this time of year, everyone comes to see the house in its Christmas finery. Each room of the house has been decorated with wreaths and trees, ribbons and bows to show what a real old fashioned Christmas would have looked like.

 

The farm is located on Lincoln Avenue, south of the interstate. The Christmas program will be running through December 17th. For more information, please visit the website http://www.livinghistoryfarm.org/.