Whether it is a ride on the Northern Central Railway, a visit to the Heritage Museum, or just an escape to one of the many parks, New Freedom Borough has a lot to offer. These sections cover the many opportunities to learn and experience more about the spirit, culture, and history of New Freedom Borough.
The Borough of New Freedom manages eight parks covering roughly 58 acres including athletic spaces, walking trails, play structures, pavilions, and more.
The museum serves to present New Freedom’s rich history and to preserve some of our town’s artifacts.
Northern Central Railway offers riders an authentic experience via a replica Civil War-era steam locomotive as well as a mid-20th century diesel locomotive. President Abraham Lincoln rode the NCRR to and from Gettysburg when delivering the Gettysburg Address, and his funeral train passed from Baltimore to York via the NCRR.
Established in 1992 and covering 176 acres, the Heritage Rail Trail County Park is 21 miles long and runs north from the Mason Dixon line just south of the Borough of New Freedom through Glen Rock, Hanover Junction, and Seven Valleys in the Howard Tunnel to the Colonial Courthouse in the City of York. The trail connects to Maryland’s 20-mile long Torrey C. Brown Trail. In addition to the Colonial Courthouse, three historic structures are located on the trail; Hanover Junction and New Freedom Train Stations and Howard Tunnel.
A Trail Town Community
Trail Towns are communities adjacent to public trails that choose to embrace the trail as an opportunity for economic growth and improved quality of life. Trail Towns programs use an integrated and asset-based, economic development approach that considers each town’s existing resources, it’s character and local businesses to develop a memorable and inviting trail experience for users including residents and out of town visitors alike.
The New Freedom Recreation Commission’s purpose is to provide a variety of recreational opportunities and experiences for a wide range of citizens.
The South Central York County Senior Center’s primary mission is to establish and maintain a Senior Center by providing programs to facilitate the social, emotional, cultural, economic and physical well being of senior citizens regardless of race, religion or nationality.
Summit Grove Camp & Conference Center has a 220+ year history. The 43-acre property is nestled in a grove at the highest point of land located halfway between Baltimore, MD and Harrisburg, PA. Known for its huge open pavilion (Tabernacle), Summit Grove has hosted thousands of people over hundreds of years, and has been a central meeting ground for camps, retreats, conferences and events.