From entertainment to demonstrations, the York County Heritage Trust's 50th Restoration Celebration will bring Colonial times back to life this weekend.

The trust is recognizing its 1960s restoration of the Golden Plough Tavern and the General Gates House, which both date back to the 1700s.

Reunion: The restoration celebration kicks off with a reunion luncheon at noon Friday just for former tour guides and volunteers who helped work on the renovation or served in the two buildings over the years.

The luncheon will be held at the heritage trust, 250 E. Market St. in York City, said Melanie Hady, the organization's director of marketing & public relations.

"We hope that these former volunteers will have a chance to share with each other memories of spending time at the Gates and Plough (buildings) and the interesting and funny experiences they may have had while giving tours," Hady said. "They could share what it was like back then to be a volunteer and how things have changed over the years."

All former volunteers still have time to make known their plans to attend the luncheon, she said.

Celebration: The main public event is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday on the tavern lawn within the Colonial Complex at 157 W. Market St. in the city.

At 10:30 a.m., Joe Kindig III, a local antiques and Colonial architecture expert, will discuss the 1960s renovation projects done at the tavern and the Gates House. Kindig was among the proponents for the renovation 50 years ago, Hady said. The discussion is $50 for heritage trust members and $60 for nonmembers.

The celebration also features free activities, including historic re-enactors doing blacksmithing, pottery, herb planting and spinning demonstrations, showing animal exhibits and running colonial children's games. A French-Indian War encampment also will be on site.

Steven Courtney and the Suitcase Musicians, who do entertainment for children and families, will hold a free concert from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Celebration attendees can freely tour the tavern and the house, which are part of Colonial Complex that includes Barnett Bobb Log House and the Colonial Court House, Hady said.

History: The Golden Plough Tavern, at Pershing Avenue and Market Street, built in 1741, represents the role taverns had at that time as hotels, restaurants and sources for news, according to York Heritage Trust.

The General Gates House was built around 1751, but shows today's visitors how General Horatio Gates lived at the house in 1778 while participating in the Continental Congress in York.

"This 50th Restoration Celebration for Gates and Plough is a one-time thing for us," Hady said. "We really hope that it's a great weather day and that people will come down and celebrate the history of these buildings and enjoy a little taste of York County history."

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