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Experience York’s rich history and vibrant present through this series of walking tours. Themes have been developed to highlight York’s distinct history, architecture, revitalization, and lore. 

Our 2014 Tour Series is underwritten by WellSpan Health. WellSpan works as one to improve health through exceptional care for all, lifelong wellness and healthy communities, such as the enjoyable experience offered by a walking tour through downtown York, PA.

General Tour Information
Tours step off at the time noted in each tour description. Pre-registration is encouraged, and required for specified tours. Tours last approximately two hours, unless otherwise noted. Guests are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes, and may bring personal items such as a flashlight or umbrella. 


2014 walking tour schedule

Friday, July 25th

"Law Offices of York"

Join us and members of the York County Bar Association as we visit some of the historic law offices found along the scenic streets of downtown York during this 
two-and-a-half-hour tour. Our guide for the evening is J. Ross McGinnis, attorney and author of 
Trials of Hex.

During this fascinating and informative walk, you will see what lies behind the doors of some of York’s most venerable law firms.  Learn about the architecture of some of the City’s oldest buildings that have housed law firms for decades, and the famous cases tried in York.  Opportunities to enjoy light refreshments and hear interesting stories are plentiful along the way.

About our Tour Guide:

J. Ross McGinnis was born in 1928 and was raised on a farm in southern York County. After graduating from Fawn Township Vocational High School in 1944, he attended York Collegiate Institute/York Junior College for one year. He then went to Princeton University, graduating in 1949 summa cum laude, was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and awarded the Lawrence Hutton Prize in History, and was the co-recipient of the C.O. Jolene Prize in American Political History. He graduated from the Harvard Law School in 1952, became a Staff Judge Advocate in the U.S. Air Force with the rank of Captain, and since 1954 has been a practicing attorney in York County. He is currently the senior shareholder for the law firm of Stock and Leader, P.C. in York, Pennsylvania.

Law Offices of York is sponsored by the Young Lawyers Section of the York County Bar Association.

Keep your eyes peeled for these upcoming tours.
More detailed information posted as soon as confirmed.