Indian Steps Museum, Airville

#213 of 357 in Museums in Pennsylvania
Indian Steps Cabin, also known as Indian Steps Museum, is a historic memorial and museum located at Lower Chanceford Township, York County, Pennsylvania. It was built between 1908 and 1912, and is an eclectic Bungalow / American Craftsman-style building. It is essentially "L"-shaped with two wings extending from a circular "Kiva."

The foundation and first story is constructed of local, well-cut stone. The second story is stucco on frame. The house features a stone tower with observation deck.

It also has numerous cement panels containing inscriptions and embedded Native American artifacts. Also on the property are a contributing summer kitchen and picnic shed.

It was built by Judge John Edward Vandersloot, a prominent attorney from York, Pennsylvania, as a memorial and museum to Native American culture. Originally a private museum, in 1939, it became a museum generally open to the public.

It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1989. The museum is currently owned and operated by the Conservation Society of York County, a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and preserving the natural and cultural resources in the area. To visit Indian Steps Museum and get the most from your holiday in Airville, create itinerary details personal to you using our Airville road trip website .
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  • This attraction is a hidden gem that many folks in York County PA don’t even know about. It is the original country estate of a local attorney who was enamored and appreciative of Native American...  more »
  • A real gem, we found it almost by accident, deserves much wider publicity. Beautiful house and grounds. Interesting if recent 'arts and crafts'house history plus history of occupation of this area...  more »
  • I use to love going here as a kid. So it was exciting to bring my son along. He absolutely loved it. And the scavenger hunt is a great idea to do with your kids. It makes them look and take time to learn about different Indian cultures. Just a great mommie son day.
  • A fascinating and unique museum with a great collection of artifacts. While maybe not ideal for very young children (toddlers), older children can enjoy a scavenger hunt which allows them to delve deeper into the history encased in the museum than just walking through the displays. The property looks out onto the Susquehanna River and also has a trail.

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