TRAIN RIDE AND LUNCH!
The Glen Rock Mill Inn is partnering with Steam Into History out of New Freedom to bring you a special discounted package to enjoy lunch at the historic Glen Rock Mill Inn, a train ride through the scenic countryside of southern York County, and a stop at the Hanover Junction Train Station and Museum! The package includes your train ticket, an all inclusive lunch (including tax and gratuities), and all associated fees.
You’ll begin your journey by boarding the Steam Into History train in New Freedom. You will ride either the William H. Simpson #17 (a faithful replica of the Civil War steam locomotive) or the newly acquired Diesel Locomotive. Plan to arrive early so you can visit the Main Street Station, 2 West Main Street in New Freedom. The Main Street Station gift shop has a wide selection of apparel, books, toys, candy and more available in all price ranges.
Once you board the train, you will travel north along the Northern Central Railway through scenic southern York County and onto your first stop in historic Glen Rock. You will disembark the train at the Glen Rock Mill Inn. In place for over 180 years, the Mill is the oldest building in Glen Rock, and is on the National Historic Register. You’ll enjoy lunch in the immersive environment of an original working mill.
Built in 1837, the historic Glen Rock Mill Inn features unique dining areas adorned by rough hewn 14″ beams, original stone and brick work, a spring-fed fountain, and a collection of antiques, many from the 19th century. Pictures and artifacts are captioned (courtesy of the Glen Rock Historic Preservation Society) with descriptions and explanations of the historical context. After lunch, we invite you invite you to browse through the Mill and read about the history. The Mill is located in the center of the borough of Glen Rock, also on the National Register of Historic Places and home to the Glen Rock Carol singers. Stop by the statue of the original five carol singers, just across the street from the Mill. The train will pick you up after lunch and continue on the journey to Hanover Junction.
The Hanover Junction train station was built in 1851-1852 by the Hanover Branch Railroad. The Northern Central Railway leased a ticket office in the station. During the Civil War, the station was raided by Confederate Lieutenant Colonel E.V. White and the 35th Battalion of Virginia Cavalry on June 27, 1863, several days before the Battle of Gettysburg. The telegraph wires were cut and railroad bridges over the Codorus Creek were burned. The railroad station was left intact. President Abraham Lincoln visited the station on November 18 and 19, 1863, on his way to Gettysburg to give the Gettysburg Address at the dedication of the Soldiers Cemetery. The station now houses a museum with Civil War images, models of the various configurations of the building over the years, memorabilia, and other displays.
This package is available at a special discounted price of only $40 for adults, and $25 for children!
PLEASE NOTE: You must pick up tickets in New Freedom at Steam Into History with a copy of your online order.
The train leaves New Freedom at 11:30 am and arrives at Glen Rock Mill Inn at 12:00 pm. Lunch and time to explore the Mill and downtown Glen Rock is from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm. The train leaves Glen Rock Mill Inn at 1:30 pm, traveling to Hanover Junction and returning to New Freedom at 3:30 pm.