Camp Hill, PA
Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, is one of 11 boroughs located in Cumberland County. It is about two miles southwest of Harrisburg. This beautiful historic town features a progressive government, top-rated schools, and cost-efficient public services. Its location is only a short distance away from skiing, hiking, and canoeing areas, as well as plentiful shopping and dining.
Founded in 1735 and officially made into a borough in 1885, Camp Hill was the site of the northernmost engagement of the Battle of Gettysburg. Camp Hill is filled with historical points of interest, including several Civil War sites and museums, and also offers shopping and spas for today's consumer.
NEIGHBORHOODS AND DISTRICTS
Camp Hill has an all-urban population of more than 7,000. The city has approximately 3,500 homes, three quarters of which are owner-occupied.
Camp Hill has been repeatedly voted "best neighborhood" in central Pennsylvania by Harrisburg Magazine. It offers beautiful historic neighborhoods with tree-lined streets and stately homes. This community is small enough that there is little traffic, and no school busing, as children are able to walk to school each day. Camp Hill is home to several relatively expensive neighborhoods such as Borough Center, White Hill, Market Street/32nd Street, West Enola/Summerdale, and Lower Allen.
ECONOMY AND INDUSTRIES
The majority of residents of Camp Hill work in management; business and financial operations; professional and related occupations including sales and office work.
A handful of major corporations are headquartered in Camp Hill:
- Rite Aid Corp., a national chain of retail stores and pharmacies
- Harsco Corp., a diversified, worldwide industrial services company
- Gannet Flemming, an international planning, design, and construction management firm
Museums located within a 20-mile radius of Camp Hill:
- Hershey Museum offers tours of the chocolate kingdom built by Milton S. Hershey. Besides learning how Hershey created his wonderful confections, there are also roller coasters and a zoo with more than 200 animals and 75 species. Special events are held throughout the year to thrill the museum's more than 2 million annual visitors.
- Agricultural & Industrial Museum displays a Conestoga Wagon, carriages, and bicycles, and allows visitors the chance to learn firsthand how transportation methods changed throughout the centuries.
- Gates & Plough Complex gives visitors the opportunity to learn how important taverns were to communities in the 18th century as hubs for information. Built in 1741, the Plough Tavern was a hotel and restaurant, as well as the source for all town news. There is also a reconstructed courthouse as well as family home that details how communities and families lived.
Other museums and places of interest where you can learn about Camp Hill and its surrounding areas are:
- Historical Society Museum
- Freight Station Museum
- State Museum of Pennsylvania
- John Harris Mansion
- Eisenhower National Historic Site
Historic homes and sites located in or around Camp Hill include:
- Bonham House, the restored 19th-century home of artist Horace Bonham. Furnishings from the Civil War era allow visitors to experience what life was like in the past.
- Cornwall Iron Furnace, the last charcoal cold blast furnace that is still intact from the 19th century. Listed as part of the National Historic Landmark District by the U.S. Department of the Interior and the National Park Service, it is a great place to visit and offers tours to schools and tourists throughout the year.
- Gettysburg National Park, the actual site of the Battle of Gettysburg. History comes alive with living history groups, tours, and special events held throughout the year.
- Milton S. Hershey Mansion, the home of the founder of the Hershey Chocolate Co. which began making chocolate in 1894. The mansion is still the headquarters for the Hershey Foods Corp., the world's largest chocolate and cocoa manufacturer.
- Capital City Mall is a great place to find souvenirs or just shop at your favorite stores.
- Old Timers Antique Clocks features an extensive variety of restored antique European and American clocks.
- Pure Gallery offers art created by nationally and internationally known artists, from watercolor paintings to metal sculptures.
- Kathie's Christmas and Collectibles sells Fenton art glass, Armani figurines, and Anheuser-Busch steins, along with other collectible and gift items.
- Siebert Park offers walking trails, picnic areas, tennis courts, and other sports and recreation facilities in a beautiful tree-lined setting.
- Willow Park is located in the downtown area of Camp Hill. This park has benches and picnic areas where families gather to listen to concerts held in the gazebo.
- Beverly Park has playground equipment, benches, picnic tables, and a recreation area for basketball and other sports activities, all nestled within a garden setting.
Camp Hill has its own school system, from kindergarten through high school. Opportunities for higher education in the area include:
- Pennsylvania State University
- Dickinson College
- Messiah College
- York College Pennsylvania
- Gettysburg College
- Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania