Introduction to Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania
Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, in Lancaster county, is 17 miles NW of Lancaster, Pennsylvania (center to center) and 58 miles N of Baltimore, Maryland. The town, which benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns with which it shares the Lancaster metropolitan area, has a population of approximately 11,887.
Thomas Harris, who was the first settler to purchase land in Elizabethtown in 1730, established a trading post which eventually became Bear Tavern. In 1753, this was bought by Barnabas and Elizabeth Hughes, who were originally from County Donegal, Ireland. Hughes laid out the community and christened it "Elizabethtown" after his wife. It was officially incorporated on April 13, 1827. The early settlers were primarily Scots-Irish and Pennsylvania Dutch. The first railroad arrived in the 1830s. Until the early 20th century, it was primarily a rural community, however, post World War II, Elizabethtown experienced significant development and several businesses were established in the area.
Elizabethtown and Nearby Attractions
- Gates House & Plough Tavern
- Fulton Opera House
- North Museum of Natural History & Science
- Hershey Museum
- Hershey's Chocolate World
- Memorial Lake State Park
Things To Do In Elizabethtown
Artifacts reflecting the area's historical and cultural heritage are displayed at the State Museum of Pennsylvania, North Museum of Natural History & Science, North Museum of Natural History & Science, Heritage Center of Lancaster County, and Lancaster Museum of Art. Fulton Opera House dates back to the 1850s, and is one of the oldest theaters in the nation. Cornwall Iron Furnace, which was in operation from 1742 to 1883, is now a preserved iron-making complex. Elizabethtown is home to the Hickory Lane Park, and Community Park, both of which offer various recreational facilities including playgrounds and baseball fields. The town also offers easy access to Hersheypark and Hershey's Chocolate World, which are two other popular destinations. Residents celebrate annual events such as the Elizabethtown Fair, Holiday Parade, Arts in the Park, and the Memorial Day parade.
Harrisburg International Airport is the closest major airport.
Elizabethtown Higher Education
The town is home to the Elizabethtown College. Penn State Harrisburg, Lebanon Valley College, and Millersville University are located nearby.