Elizabethtown, Lancaster County, PA

Elizabethtown was officially identified as a Borough on April 13, 1827.

Elizabethtown is one of the earliest communities settled in Lancaster County and has grown into a destination for art, community, outdoor adventure, and culinary delights.

Stop by to experience this quaint small town along the river.

Elizabethtown, PA

Thomas Harris purchased land and established a trading post on the Conoy Creek in 1730. The trading post evolved into the Bear Tavern, which in 1753 was purchased by Barnabas and Elizabeth Hughes, natives of Ireland. The Elizabethtown region shares many names with Ireland such as Donegal, Rapho, and Mount Joy.

Barnabas established a town and named it Elizabethtown after his wife. As you explore the town, take note of a few of the “first roads” Hughes named - Market Street, High Street, Rose Alley, Cherry Alley, and Peach Alley. Elizabethtown was officially identified as a Borough on April 13, 1827. Historians recognize Elizabeth and Barnabas Hughes as the founding family of Elizabethtown.

If you’re looking for outdoor adventure, Elizabethtown is the perfect place to hike, bike and have fun on and near the Susquehanna River. While here, you’ll want to visit Stone Gables Estate, home of the Iron Stone Ranch and Star Barn Village. The property features the fully restored Star Barn, Hog Barn, Chicken Coop, and Carriage House from 1877. The 175 acres of scenic views and land provide the perfect post to host your special event. In addition to spacious areas, the Village hosts family-friendly events through the year. From Fourth of July fireworks and historic train rides to Christmas festivities and horseback rides, there is a wide variety of things to do year ‘round at Stone Gables.

Grab your morning coffee and a bite at Whisk Cafe on the property of Masonic Village. The bright indoor seating, spacious outdoor patio and upscale menu make for the perfect dining experience. If you’re looking for locally brewed ales visit Funk Brewing, Moo-Duck Brewery, or Cox Brewing for a flight and a bite.

You’ve never seen anything like the White Cliffs of Conoy. It’s like hiking on the moon! Enjoy the spectacular views of the Susquehanna River while sitting atop the bleached rocks. Love to bike? Whether you are a cyclist or weekend cruiser you’re sure to enjoy the Northwest River Trail. It offers breathtaking views of the river along the way as well as plenty of shade as you roll along. The Masonic Village Farm Market is the perfect family destination to pick your own apples and return home with locally sourced produce. Elizabeth Farms is another great spot for the whole family. Enjoy live music, tractor pulled wagon rides, great food a drink, and picture-perfect views.

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