Art Show
Garden Surprises
Mount Gretna Historical Society
Information Cottage
Mount Gretna Playhouse
Post Office
Shady Walk
Tennis Club

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.

Welcome to the Pennsylvania Chautauqua!

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. 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.

Peruse our website, check out our programming schedule, and come visit us . . .

Phone Info

  • General Inquiries:
  • Hall of Philosophy Rental:
  • Summer Programs:
  • Worship Services:
    717-737-8133 or 717-964-3050

Mail Info

The Pennsylvania Chautauqua
PO Box 637
Mount Gretna, PA 17064