Final funding for Golden Plough Tavern roof comes through


A project to replace the decades-old roof of the historic Golden Plough Tavern in York City officially got the final financing it needed in the form of a contribution from York County.

Commissioners approved during their weekly meeting on Wednesday to give the York County Heritage Trust the full $35,000 special allocation it requested to match money mainly raised locally through a donation drive.

"I think the Plough Tavern is an important landmark in York County," said Doug Hoke, vice president commissioner, after the meeting. "It's important to keep it in proper shape."

Shingles: The wood-shingled roof of the tavern, 157 W. Market St., was last replaced about 25 years ago, and through the years, the elements have caused the shingles to pull away from the structure.

The cost to the replace the roof is $70,000.

The tavern was built in 1741 and is one of the oldest buildings in the city and likely played host to the Continental Congress when it met in York in between 1777 and 1778.

The roof will be replaced in the same labor-intensive manner in which it was first laid more than two centuries ago.

With funding fully secured, a craftsman will make new German side-lap shingles with a bevel this month, and the shingles will be put in place starting in October, said Joan Mummert, president and CEO of the trust.

"We're hoping to have to wrapped up by the end of October. Before the first snowflake flies," she said.

Between 2,700 and 3,100 shingles will be needed, and it's expected to take 75 hours just to split the shingles.

Funding: To cover the cost, the trust received a $10,000 grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and planned to raise $10,000 to $15,000 from the public, with some funding coming from the trust's auxiliary.

The county's $35,000 portion of the tab is coming from the state Marcellus Shale Legacy Fund, which are allocations that must be used for recreation and open space projects. The state allocation is funded through impact fees charged to natural gas drilling companies.

York County received $420,808 in shale funding for recreation and open space projects this year, said Carl Lindquist, county spokesman.

Mummert said she's grateful the fundraising appeal was a success and exceeded its goal.

"There are very few projects that go this smoothly," she said. "People were very generous."