I: Overview | Let's Go! | Historic Brattonsville

This section provides an overview of the history of Historic Brattonsville, a community that began in 1766, when a Scots-Irish family settled in present-day York County. Over time, the family prospered and the estate expanded far beyond the expectations of their ancestors.

After viewing the resources from the Overview, be sure to continue your exploration through the remaining resources (Buildings & Artifacts and Daily Life), and imagine what it must have been like to live during this time! We hope these resources will provide insight into the lives of the people who settled in the area and made its growth possible.   

A Video Overview
Episode 1


Settled in the mid-18 th century by the Bratton family—Scots-Irish Presbyterians, originally of Scottish ancestry, who had moved to northern Ireland in the 17 th century, and came to North America in...
Living History: Made By Hand | Historic Brattonsville
Episode 3


The first Scots-Irish settlers had to be self-sufficient because they were often isolated from other people by distances of miles. Food had to be acquired through gardening, herding and hunting. Cloth...
Homestead House | Historic Brattonsville
Homestead House | Historic Brattonsville
Episode 20


The Homestead House was built between 1823 and 1826. This is where Dr. John Bratton and his family resided. He was a physician, as well as a farmer, and his success in agriculture, growing grains and...