Tell Us a Story

Did you know we maintain folders on cottages within Mount Gretna? We would love to have a file folder on as many cottages as possible — whether it’s a photograph (original or scanned), copy of a deed, a letter or whatever might be interesting and useful for future generations who become owners of the cottage. Would you consider the Historical Society as a repository for items you’d like protected and preserved?

Lake Conewago Postcard
Time passes by and before we know it, stories are lost along with the storytellers. You and the Historical Society can make a difference by helping us to collect as many stories as we can. To make it as easy as possible, all you need to do is click the button that matches what you’d like to share with us.

Interview Me

If you would be willing to be interviewed by a member of our Oral History team in an informal setting, please let us know how we can contact you.

I Have a Mount Gretna Story

Do you have a story that has been passed down through family? Maybe it’s one you experienced personally. When writing, please include your name. Here are some examples:

"My husband came here as a baby. They would place him in a dresser drawer as a place instead of a crib or bassinet."

"I remember being at church camp 1962-64. The boys stayed in Otterbein lodge, the girls in what is now the Mount Gretna Inn. I remember catching crayfish in the creek."

"My husband’s grandfather had a house that burned down in a 1949 Campmeeting fire. 22 cottages were destroyed where the open space is now. Firefighters from the city and county kept the fire contained on a cold October night."

If My Cottage Could Talk

What do you know about your cottage (families who lived there, interesting objects or architecture, etc.?

"There are cans and cans of rail spikes our father collected on trails and stored under the house with notes on each can. Even a grenade!"

Look at This

Do you have a postcard, photo or other Gretna specific image or object that you’d like to scan and send or show us?

Hotel and Train
One resident brought two pictures of his cottage (Uneeda Rest) residents Lydia Troup and Florence Troup Bamberger taken on 4th of July. He also found a newspaper article from Sunday, July 18th, 1937 with Princess Margaret on the front page. There was newspaper lining under the linoleum when it was removed. Vintage linoleum is now worth $1,000 a sheet.

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