Indian Steps Museum, Airville

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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.
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  • We decided to visit this unique museum after hearing so many good things about it. It is located very much off the beaten path near the Susquehana River around Airville, PA. We were not disappointed w...  more »
  • We had a great time at Indian Steps' totem pole program. We designed our own totem poles. Our son had a great time. Tour the house. It's only a couple $. Hike the waterfall. Thank the volunteers for k...  more »
  • Went on a day trip to Indian Steps. It's a cool little museum that is nestled in Southern York County along the Susquehanna River. Admission is $5 per person and they have excellent events that are op...  more »
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  • Go back in time! Amazing! Check out their Pow Wows!
  • This is a hidden gem. Very cool place, with some very knowledgeable people regarding the local American Native American history. I really enjoyed one of their recent presentations, excellent. Beautiful location on the Susquehanna River.
  • We went to the Pow Wow and had a wonderful experience. The vendors were great but wished there were more. Great cultural education and the museum was really interesting.
  • This museum is full of Native American history. It is a 3 minute car ride from Otter Creek campground. The museum was once a mansion built along the Susquehanna river and sits on a beautiful walkable piece of land. Each room has artifacts and descriptions of different Indian tribes; the artifacts show what people ate, how they hunted, what clothing they wore, etc. In addition to the museum there is a waterfall that is only a short hike through the woods.
  • This place is worth more then one visit. Over and over it's always interesting.
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