The Pennsylvania Chautauqua EST 1892
Pennsylvania Chautauqua 125th
Welcome to the Pennsylvania Chautauqua!
This year 2017 marks our 125th year of the founding of the Pennsylvania Chautauqua as well as the Campmeeting.  Our year long calibration will be filled with special events, please see our calendar of events and the 125th Page for more information.
The Pennsylvania Chautauqua is located in Mount Gretna, a small Victorian community founded in the late 1800’s as a summer resort. Initially the only way for residents to reach their cottages in the tree-covered rolling hills of south central Pennsylvania was to travel by train. Mount Gretna was a stop along the Cornwall/Lebanon line that has since become the Lebanon Valley Rails to Trails. Our streets were footpaths until automobiles became the mode of travel. Many of the original cottages surround an open-air playhouse where numerous cultural events are held. Our quaint atmosphere attracts many visitors every summer for music, theater, a visit to the local ice cream shop and lake, or just a walk in the woods. While we enjoy our quiet winters, we welcome with open arms the visitors who come to experience Chautauqua, stroll the tree lined streets, admire the historical buildings and participate in the variety of programs we offer to fulfill our mission.
Explore our website, check out our programming schedule, and come visit.
Mah Jongg on the Porch
Monday, July 24, 2017
Mah Jongg on the Porch. 964-2299. HP /CHP.
Mount Gretna Supper Club
Monday, July 24, 2017
MG Supper Club. Join neighbors across Mt. Gretna for dinner by Becky Briody, Chef-on-the-Go, "A Time Gone By" with Jenny Anderson Myers, soprano; Tom Walker, tenor; Don Horneff, piano. Register...
Mt. Gretna Photo Scavenger Hunt
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
1st annual Mt. Gretna Photo Scavenger Hunt. Identify 20 images found around Mount Gretna.Registration online at pachautauqua.org or call 507-2667. Pick up clue sheets at the Visitor's Center between 9-10...

This Week In Mount Gretna

Mount Gretna Outdoor Art Show
Click on the image to go to Art Show Website

Welcome to the PA Chautauqua
Quiet Time
Chautauquans treasure the peace and tranquility of our
community. For many residents, relaxing, reading, reflecting,
and rocking on porches is the highlight of the summer.
Neighborly consideration encourages that noisy outside projects
be done September thru May, leaving the summer months and
Sundays “quiet” for everyone’s enjoyment.

What Is A Chautauqua?

Chautauqua was founded as an outdoor educational experience for Sunday school teachers by John Heyl Vincent, a Methodist Minister and Lewis Miller, a local businessman on Lake Chautauqua, New York in 1874. The summer camp format proved to be popular with families - thus began The Chautauqua Institute. After its inception the movement spread rapidly through the United States, bringing education, culture, physical and religious activities as well as entertainment to rural America. There were over two hundred Chautauquas at the height of the movement. The advent of the automobile, the radio and movie theaters caused the demise of most of the Chautauquas.

Chautauqua today is organized around its four pillars:  Arts, Education, Religion, and Recreation.  Each area is woven into the schedules of the Chautauquas. 

If you are interested in learning more about the programming offered by the Pennsylvania Chautauqua, view our Summer Programs

You can learn more about Chautauquas by visiting one of the 17 existing Chautauquas that comprise the Chautauqua Trail and by visiting the following web site. http://www.chautauquatrail.com

Phone Info
  • General Inquiries: 717-964-3270
  • Hall of Philosophy Rental: 717-571-0330
  • Summer Programs: 717-964-1830
  • Worship Services: 717-737-8133 or 717-964-3050

Mail Info
The Pennsylvania Chautauqua
PO Box 637
Mount Gretna, PA 17064

Hidden History: Coleman's Railroads and Amusement Park Canceled
Posted on Jul 23rd, 2017 Comments (0)
Sorry, but A Hidden History: Coleman's Railroads and Amusement Park. has been canceled.
Scheduled for Friday, August 04, 2017    7:30 PM
Vintage Baseball Game Canceled
Posted on Jul 23rd, 2017 Comments (0)
Sorry, but the Vintage Baseball Game on Soldiers Field. has been canceled.
Scheduled for Saturday, July 29, 2017    11 AM - 4 PM  
The Great Mt. Gretna Pie Bakeoff
Posted on Jul 11th, 2017 Comments (0)
The Great Mt. Gretna Pie Bakeoff
Tuesday, July 25 at 6:00pm
in the Hall of Philosophy
Six Pie Categories:
* Savory * Fruit * Nut
* Special Diet (Dairy-free, Sugar-free, Gluten-free, etc.)
* Youth (entrants 12 and under) * Cream/Custard
6:30pm Judging, by Pauline Habegger, Alletta Schaedler & Tina Shank
7:30pm Inaugural Photo Scavenger Hunt results, followed by the pie contest
awards - and enjoyment of the pies

Entry/Application Fee: $5 per pie
Download the entry form or pick one up at the Mt. Gretna
Visitor Information Center or Gretna Emporium. Entries limited to 20 pies per category.
For additional information, call 717.964.1830

Chautauqua Festival