PA Heart & Soul Profile | Dillsburg

PA Humanities 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.

PA Humanities 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.

The Dillsburg Farmers Fair
Historic Dill's Tavern in Dillsburg, PA

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.

Goals

  • 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.

Project Partners

  • 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 website.

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