With its eye-catching cottages, woodsy backdrop, and old-fashioned community charm, Mt. Gretna is a town uniquely suited for the fall holidays.
All photos by Will Trostel.
LebTown visited the small borough along Route 117 just days before Halloween and took some pictures of the town in its element. Here’s what we saw.
Originally the summer retreat for workers in the local iron business, the town has maintained its distinct atmosphere for over a century. Mt. Gretna’s population was estimated at just over 200 in 2019 and was named one of the 10 best small towns in the state by the website Area Vibes.
Mt. Gretna was selected in 1892 as a home for the Pennsylvania Chautauqua, a popular adult educational movement prevalent in the early 20th century. Some buildings from its heyday, like the Hall of Philosophy, are still a part of the town’s community activities.
The Jigger Shop is perhaps one of Mt. Gretna’s most recognizable businesses. It’s been selling ice cream for about 125 years now, and though its season closed on September 27, many fans are waiting for its springtime opening to roll around for a chance to order off of its menu, which includes baked alaska, banana splits, and, of course, the “Jigger” specialty itself.
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