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.
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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

This Week In Mount Gretna

Chautauqua Festival
The Stray Birds Will Be Back Again In 2018

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