The Pennsylvania Humanities Council (PHC) is currently working with cities and towns across the state to put people first in community development and planning processes through Community Heart & Soul®. The program’s innovative approach uses the tools of the humanities to creatively engage residents in planning and decision-making processes as a way to strengthen a town’s social, cultural and economic vibrancy.
PHC is supporting Community Heart & Soul® in Dillsburg through a partnership with the South Mountain Partnership, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), the Dillsburg Arts and Revitalization Council, and the Orton Family Foundation.
The Dillsburg Community
Dillsburg is a small community located at the northern terminus of the Blue Ridge Mountains, known locally as South Mountain, and is about 20 minutes south of Harrisburg. The area was settled by Matthew Dill, an Irishman, around 1740 and officially incorporated in 1833. The greater Dillsburg area (pop. 18,000) contains the municipalities of Dillsburg Borough, Franklintown Borough, Wellsville Borough, Carroll Twp., Monaghan Twp., Franklin Twp., and Warrington Twp.
Dillsburg has historically been an agricultural community. For over 100 years, residents have been holding the annual Dillsburg Farmers Fair to celebrate its past and present agricultural assets. A significant community land marker is the Historic Dill's Tavern, which has been restored and maintained by the Northern York County Historical and Preservation Society. The stone structure that still stands today was built in 1794 by our town founder's grandson, John Dill.
- To collect data from all of our community’s residents to have each municipality in our community create their own individual comprehensive plans.
- To bring members of our community together to focus on what we have in common instead of our differences.
- To compile data on what our community members want and care about so that our businesses, nonprofits, and governments can make educated decisions on how to best use our limited resources.
- To develop and prioritize community improvement projects based on the needs and opportunities identified by all of our community members.
- To inspire community members to believe in a brighter and better future.
- Dillsburg Arts and Revitalization Council
- Dillsburg Borough
- South Mountain Partnership
- Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Additional project info is available at the Dillsburg Heart & Soul web site.
- Pennsylvania Heart & Soul Communities
- Community Heart & Soul (Orton Family Foundation)
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