Scotland, Pennsylvania

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Scotland, Pennsylvania
Census-designated place
Scotland is located in Pennsylvania
Scotland is located in the US
Coordinates: 39°57′58″N 77°35′44″W / 39.96611°N 77.59556°W / 39.96611; -77.59556Coordinates: 39°57′58″N 77°35′44″W / 39.96611°N 77.59556°W / 39.96611; -77.59556
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Franklin
Township Greene
Elevation[1] 725 ft (221 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,395
 • Density 1,693/sq mi (653.6/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 17254
Area code(s) 717
FIPS code 42-68376
GNIS feature ID 2633813[1]

Scotland is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in Greene Township, Franklin County, Pennsylvania, United States. The community was named after Scotland, the ancestral home of an early settler.[2] As of the 2010 census the population was 1,395.[3]

The Chambersburg Mall is located in the area, next to the Scotland exit of I-81. The Scotland School for Veterans' Children was long part of the community.


Scotland is located in eastern Franklin County, near the center of Greene Township. Interstate 81 passes through the southeast side of the community, with access from Exit 20. I-81 leads southwest 5 miles (8 km) to Chambersburg, the county seat, and northeast 27 miles (43 km) to Carlisle. Pennsylvania Route 997 passes along the northeast edge of the community, leading northwest 2 miles (3 km) to U.S. Route 11 at Green Village, and southeast 6 miles (10 km) between Fayetteville and Caledonia State Park.

Conococheague Creek, a tributary of the Potomac River, forms the southwestern edge of the community.

Scotland School for Veterans' Children[edit]

The Scotland School for Veterans' Children was located in Scotland until Governor Rendell forced the school to close in 2009 by eliminating the state funding.[4] Scotland was originally built as a school for orphaned children shortly after the civil war. It was then converted into a school for children in grades 3-12 that had family members in the military.


The type section of the Conococheague Formation, a Cambrian limestone and dolomite, is located in Scotland.[5]

In popular culture[edit]

The 2001 film Scotland, PA is set in the community of Scotland, though it was not filmed there. It is a modern retelling of Shakespeare's Macbeth, set in a fast food restaurant.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Scotland, Pennsylvania. Retrieved on 2010-11-22.
  2. ^ Espenshade, A. Howry (1925). Pennsylvania place names. State College, PA: The Pennsylvania State College. p. 245. 
  3. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (G001), Scotland CDP, Pennsylvania". American FactFinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved August 12, 2016. 
  4. ^ Frame, C. Frank (2009). "Foundation For Scotland School For Veterans' Children". Foundation web site. Foundation For Scotland School For Veterans' Children. Archived from the original on 2010-11-22. Retrieved 2010-11-22. It is with a sad heart and a deep sense of loss that we must announce that the Scotland School for Veterans' Children, a 114-year-old veterans' benefit, is closing. As you may know Governor Edward G. Rendell did not fund the school in this year's budget and the legislature upheld that position in their budget approval. 
  5. ^ Stose, G.W., 1908, "The Cambro-Ordovician Limestones of the Appalachian Valley in Southern Pennsylvania": Journal of Geology, v. 16, p. 698-714.