Mount Gretna, Pennsylvania

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Mount Gretna, Pennsylvania
The Hall of Philosophy, part of the Pennsylvania Chautauqua, on Gettysburg Road
The Hall of Philosophy, part of the Pennsylvania Chautauqua, on Gettysburg Road
Mount Gretna is located in Pennsylvania
Mount Gretna
Mount Gretna
Coordinates: 40°14′47″N 76°28′22″W / 40.24639°N 76.47278°W / 40.24639; -76.47278Coordinates: 40°14′47″N 76°28′22″W / 40.24639°N 76.47278°W / 40.24639; -76.47278
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Lebanon
Settled 1889
Incorporated 1926
 • Type Borough Council
 • Mayor Joseph Shay (R)
 • Total 0.2 sq mi (0.5 km2)
Population (2000)
 • Total 242
 • Density 1,557.5/sq mi (601.4/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 17064
Area code(s) 717
Website Mt. Gretna Area Website

Mount Gretna is a borough in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, United States. It is part of the Lebanon, PA Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 242 at the 2000 census. It is a popular place in the summer, for it has a nationally ranked juried art show (third weekend in August), jazz and chamber music concerts, lectures, book reviews, and an annual tour of historic homes and cottages (1st Saturday in August). The community also has a roller rink, lake, open-air playhouse, miniature golf course, several restaurants, playgrounds, and an award-winning ice cream parlor known as the Jigger Shop. The surrounding area, which includes seven distinct neighborhoods, has a year-round population estimated at 1,500 persons. Summertime population increases to about 2,500.


Border detail of Mount Gretna and surrounding municipalities

Mount Gretna is located at 40°14′47″N 76°28′22″W / 40.24639°N 76.47278°W / 40.24639; -76.47278 (40.246525, -76.472899).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.2 square miles (0.4 km²), all of it land.

Mount Gretna is divided into seven different sections. These include Mount Gretna Heights, where the Mount Gretna Inn is located; Stoberdale; Campmeeting, where the Tabernacle and church are located, and Chautauqua, where the post office, playhouse, playground, and Jigger Shop are located. The area which includes Conewago Lake and the Timbers Restaurant is called Timber Hills. Conewago Hill, Timber Bridge and Conewago Lake are not in Mount Gretna, but rather South Londonderry Township.

Mount Gretna is bordered to the east by West Cornwall Township (0.82 mi), and to the west by South Londonderry Township (1.06 

Pursuant to a letter written by Hugh Maxwell, an official of the Cornwall and Lebanon Railroad, and sent by him to the Lebanon County Historical Society "and read before them on April 26, 1901" the name "Mount Gretna" was suggested by his wife, subsequently adopted by the Board, and "On September 21st 1883 that name appears in public print for the first time in the Lebanon Daily News." [2]


Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 17
1940 42 147.1%
1950 83 97.6%
1960 93 12.0%
1970 153 64.5%
1980 280 83.0%
1990 303 8.2%
2000 242 −20.1%
2010 196 −19.0%
Est. 2015 197 [3] 0.5%

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 242 people, 117 households, and 74 families residing in Mt. Gretna Borough. The population density was 1,557.5 people per square mile (584.0/km²). There were 205 housing units at an average density of 1,319.4 per square mile (494.7/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 99.17% White and 0.83% Asian.

There were 117 households, out of which 13.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.5% were married couples living together, 2.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.9% were non-families. 27.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.07 and the average family size was 2.53.

In the borough, the population was spread out, with 12.0% under the age of 18, 5.0% from 18 to 24, 18.2% from 25 to 44, 43.0% from 45 to 64, and 21.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 52 years. For every 100 females there were 106.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.9 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $62,917, and the median income for a family was $87,500. Males had a median income of $43,333 versus $48,125 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $43,470. None of the families and 0.8% of the population were living below the poverty line.

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  1. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  2. ^ Mt. Gretna - A Coleman Legacy, by Jack Bitner; Lebanon County Historical Society special publication; Pgs 24-25
  3. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ "Incorporated Places and Minor Civil Divisions Datasets: Subcounty Resident Population Estimates: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 

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