Our “always the first Saturday in August” annual Mt. Gretna Tour of Homes and Gardens will not occur this year due to the pandemic. We plan to come back with an extra special tour in 2022 and are still looking at some type of modified tour later in the year. Please check website for updates. Thank you for your interest.
What is the Mt. Gretna Tour of Homes?
A fascinating glimpse into the architecture and style of Mt. Gretna’s iconic homes. This self-guided walking tour gives access to gardens and homes of contrasting styles, many over a century old. It is a delightful day in the shady, nostalgic surroundings of Mt. Gretna.
The next tour will be AUGUST 6, 2022
This is a rain or shine event. Tickets are $20 in advance. Day of tickets are $25. Free parking. Start your tour at the Mt. Gretna Post Office on the corner of 117 and Princeton Avenue or at the tent on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the Mt. Gretna Playhouse. At these locations, you can purchase a ticket or exchange your pre-sale ticket for a wristband and map booklet that contains short bios on each of the homes and where to find them.
An iconic favorite with a new owner, and a peek at the first floor remodel. Built in 1903 by a New York industrialist, old-timers know it as the Bitner Mansion. Rumor has it that this house was designed on the back of a napkin by a famous architect.
A 1925 Campmeeting charmer that was recently remodeled. The kitchen cabinet doors were crafted from locally sourced lumber and the island was constructed out of original wood from the home and finished off with a reclaimed barn wood countertop. The home also played host to two-time Emmy Award winner M*A*S*H actress Loretta Switt in 2000.
Built in 1900 after fire damaged the cottage in 1899, this home underwent an extensive remodel in spring 2016. Family antiques and family memories fill the cottage including the owner’s maternal grandparents’ first gifts to one another when they began “courting” in 1937 – a wool, plaid car blanket and a pair of riding pants.
Over by the lake, nestled along the Lebanon Valley Rails to Trail a trolley took you over to this 3 acre sprawling estate. Along with a collection of rare and unique antiques, armoires, chandeliers, coats of arms, and sculpted fireplace mantles, the home possessed a hefty wood front door – a treasured find purchased a year and a half before they even started building the home. The piano in the front room has a great tale to tell and most of the artworks have been created by family and friends, including the owners.
Special thanks to our sponsor: Snitz Creek Cabinet Shop
And special thanks to Expressions Limousine of Lancaster