Elizabethtown, Pa. ­ The year was 1827.  Residents of a small town in northwest Lancaster County realized their town had grown into an early center of commerce since Barnabus Hughes first planned out the town more than seventy years before.  He had named the area for his wife, Elizabeth.  A prime location along the Lancaster-Harrisburg Turnpike, good business, and a sense of community led residents to want more from their little town.  Documents were prepared, and Elizabethtown was incorporated as a borough in 1827.  This year, today’s residents of Elizabethtown will mark this 175th anniversary with a celebration of culture, history, and heritage that has flourished ever since.

Celebration Event Calendar:

Wednesday, September 18
Join Senator George Mitchell for a special discussion with community leaders, students, and the public. "A Conversation with George Mitchell" will discuss everything from Northern Ireland to terrorism to politics in the U.S. today.

Sunday, October 6
A film screening of a special historical documentary on Elizabethtown will be shown at Movi-Etown. Screenings will be held at 4:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 2
The Elizabethtown 175th anniversary celebration will conclude with an exciting gala ball event Saturday, November 2 at the Masonic Homes in Elizabethtown.

Event Details:

Coming Soon!
Additional anniversary activities will be announced in the coming months.  Elizabethtown residents can be sure of an exciting and memorable anniversary year that will make them proud to be a part of such an extraordinary community.

Elizabethtown is a community of nearly twelve thousand residents located in scenic northwest Lancaster County.  The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has named Elizabethtown one of America’s Most Livable Communities.  The borough is celebrating its 175th Anniversary in 2002.