Mount Gretna, Pennsylvania

Coordinates: 40°14′47″N 76°28′22″W / 40.24639°N 76.47278°W / 40.24639; -76.47278
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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
Location in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania
Location in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania
Mount Gretna is located in Pennsylvania
Mount Gretna
Mount Gretna
Location in Pennsylvania
Mount Gretna is located in the United States
Mount Gretna
Mount Gretna
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 40°14′47″N 76°28′22″W / 40.24639°N 76.47278°W / 40.24639; -76.47278
CountryUnited States
 • TypeBorough Council
 • MayorJoseph Shay (R)
 • Total0.14 sq mi (0.37 km2)
 • Land0.14 sq mi (0.37 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
 • Total193
 • Density1,340.28/sq mi (516.93/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code717
FIPS code42-51568

Mount Gretna is a borough in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, United States. It is part of the Lebanon, PA, Metropolitan statistical area. The population was 188 at the 2020 census.[3] The borough was founded by the Pennsylvania Chautauqua Society, which was attracted by the area's natural landscape and beauty, by the 1890s.[4]

Pennsylvania Chautauqua state historical marker in Mount Gretna

Mount Gretna is a popular destination in the summer. It features 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 (first Saturday in August). The Connewago Lake features a Victorian-era bathhouse with high-dive, floating docks and a sandy beach area. The community also has a roller rink, open-air playhouse, miniature golf course, several restaurants, playgrounds, and an award-winning ice cream parlor known as the Jigger Shop. Gretna Theatre, the independent professional non-profit theatre company performing at the Mount Gretna Playhouse, is one of the country's oldest summer stock theatres, having opened in 1927. The surrounding area, which includes seven distinct neighborhoods, has a year-round population estimated at 1,500 people. Summertime population increases to about 2,500.


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."[5]


Border detail of Mount Gretna and surrounding municipalities
Mount Gretna Map

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).[6]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.2 square mile (0.4 km2), all 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 technically in Mount Gretna, but are rather located within 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 mi).


Historical population
2021 (est.)189[3]0.5%

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 242 people, 117 households, and 74 families residing in Mt. Gretna Borough. The population density was 1,557.5 inhabitants per square mile (601.4/km2). There were 205 housing units at an average density of 1,319.4 per square mile (509.4/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. ^ "ArcGIS REST Services Directory". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 12, 2022.
  2. ^ a b "Census Population API". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Oct 12, 2022.
  3. ^ a b Bureau, US Census. "City and Town Population Totals: 2020-2021". US Census Bureau. Retrieved 9 July 2022.
  4. ^ Official Site Retrieved 18 February 2020. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ Mt. Gretna - A Coleman Legacy, by Jack Bitner; Lebanon County Historical Society special publication; Pgs 24-25
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  8. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  9. ^ "Incorporated Places and Minor Civil Divisions Datasets: Subcounty Resident Population Estimates: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 11 June 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2013.

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