Take a virtual tour of the Mount Gretna Area Historical Society Museum. This 15-minute video begins with an historic overview of Mount Gretna and includes photos and descriptions of some of our most notible exhibits. Special “Thank You” to Anne Brossman Sweigart Center for History.
Learn about Mount Gretna history and how you can help to preserve it by reading, The Gretna Chronicles, our bi-annual newsletter. Visit our Newsletter Archives Page or click the image here to open the Spring 2024 edition.

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Latest Publication

Glimpses of the Past Volume 6: The Historic Carousels of Mount Gretna

The Historic Carousels of Mt. Gretna, by Joshua Groh, documents 50+ years of Mount Gretna history, focusing on the two amusement parks and their carousels which once drew visitors to the area. The booklet includes chronological research, photographs, and manufacturer information in relation to the four carousels that were purchased for Mount Gretna Park and nearby Laurel Park, including machines made by prominent “golden age” manufacturers such as Charles Dare and the Philadelphia Toboggan Company. It not only serves as an addition to the existing literature on historic carousels but as a window into the early days of Mount Gretna’s amusement industry and the people who managed it.

For more in the “Glimpses of the Past” series, visit the shop.

Cottage Histories

Have you ever wondered what your cottage would tell you if it could talk?  In fact, we used to have a program with that title: “If Cottages Could Talk.” At the program, cottage owners shared the results of their research, enlightening all in attendance about the cottages and the broader history of the community.

One of the most often asked questions we get is, “What can you tell me about my cottage?” The Mount Gretna Area Historical Society would love to add your story to our collection and compile a database of such information and encourages all owners to research and share with us what they learn about the history of their properties.

Interested? How do I get started? Click here.

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