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Zimmerman Center for Heritage

Susquehanna Gateway Heritage Area (SGHA)  offices are located at the Zimmerman Center for Heritage, just south of Wrightsville in Long Level, York County. The historic blue stone home, known to many as the Dritt Mansion, sits on a hill overlooking the Susquehanna River.

The grounds and river access facilities are open to the public from dawn to dusk everyday. The house is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and features Visions of the Susquehanna river art collection. Guided house tours are offered on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. for a $3 donation per person. View the Zimmerman Center Visitor Guide for more information on the property.

Lovingly restored and renovated by John and Kathryn Zimmerman in the late-1990’s, this Colonial-era masterpiece dates back to the mid-1700’s. In the spring of 2007, the Zimmerman’s graciously donated the property to SGHA and it was dedicated as the John & Kathryn Zimmerman Center for Heritage. 

During the home’s renovation, archaeological work unearthed over 20,000 artifacts that helped fill in some of the blanks of this wonderful building’s history. The Zimmerman's donated these artifacts to the Pennsylvania State Museum in Harrisburg. SGHA looks forward to borrowing artifacts in the future for a display. 

The home sits on property that was originally named “Pleasant Garden” by Thomas Cresap, who lived in this area in the 1730s and collected taxes for Maryland. The home is listed in the National Register of Historic Places as having been constructed in 1758. Further research has suggested the home may have been built around 1740, after Thomas Cresap departed.

The home is commonly known as the Dritt Mansion after the family that owned the home for many years between the late 1700's and mid-1800's. The property remained a working farm until the late 1930’s.

Rent the Zimmerman Center for Heritage

The Zimmerman Center is available to rent and is an ideal setting for meetings, business functions and other small private events. Please see PDF for more information on facility rentals.