Berwick, PA is a small, historic town located within Columbia County and is home to just over 11,000 residents.
Berwick, PA is considered a Central Pennsylvania river town, as it is located along the Susquehanna River. Its proximity to the Susquehanna River gave it great potential for growth and expansion, especially in the area of industry. The many stage coaches that traveled through the area created an early need for hotels. Included in these hotels were the Berwick Hotel, Hotel Morton, and St. Charles Hotel, where St. Charles Park sits in the downtown today.
The earliest industries in Berwick, PA included coopers, carpenters, blacksmiths and other specialties, chair makers, gunsmiths, weavers, dyers, masons, cabinet makers, pottery, butchers, and others.
Berwick, PA Christmas Boulevard
Since 1947, the Berwick Christmas Boulevard, created by the Jaycees, displays over a mile long Christmas show of lights and displays down Market Street in Berwick, PA. The Berwick Christmas Boulevard is seen by thousands of visitors every year, and it has been a regional favorite for over 60 years.Santa Claus is present every year to serve Berwick’s famous Wise Potato Chips to everyone who drives past him.
PPL Nuclear Power Plant in Berwick, PA
PPL Utility Company operates a nuclear power facility on 1,100 acres in Berwick, PA. As a public service, PPL created Riverlands Park among 100 acres. The Park has 234 different species of birds. PPL employs over 1,000 people and serves as a major employer in the Berwick, PA region.
Columbia County and the Susquehanna River
Columbia County, in the heart of Pennsylvania, is noted for its rural beauty and outstanding quality of life. It is home to rolling farmlands, state game lands, state forests, nature preserves and the Susquehanna River and several tributaries. In fact, Berwick, PA is considered a “river town” because of its proximity to the Susquehanna River.
Fishing Creek, in Columbia County, is a tributary to the Susquehanna River and is well-known fly-fishing stream. Anglers come from near and far to fish in Fishing Creek.
At 464 miles long,the Susquehanna River is the longest river on the American east coast that drains into the Atlantic Ocean, and is the longest river in the continental United States without commercial boat traffic. The Susquehanna forms from two main branches, with the “North Branch”, which rises in upstate New York. The shorter West Branch, joins the North Branch near Northumberland in central Pennsylvania.
Jackson Mansion in Berwick, PA
Jackson Mansion is a century-old Victorian Mansion in Berwick, PA that was completed in 1878. It was built of specially-worked Vermont stone, with hand carved wood-work, handmade tiled fireplaces, and heavy 9-foot high entrance doors, set in a beautifully landscaped park, a memorial to him and his wife Elizabeth.
In 1877, Jackson asked a Danville, PA architect named Brugler to design his home which was a showplace of North Eastern Pennsylvania and a leading center for leading social circles.
After the death of Mr. Jackson and then his wife, the Jackson home became known as a City Hall for Berwick, PA Borough. In 1915 the building and its grounds were given to the Borough of Berwick for municipal purposes by the Jackson daughters in memory of their parents.
Keys to the Jackson Mansion were turned over to the Berwick Historical Society shortly after New Year’s 2010. The Berwick Historical Society is now entrusted with the care of the mansion for Berwick, PA Borough. The Berwick Historical Society plans to continue their restoration of the historic building as a “house museum”.
Downtown Berwick, PA
Berwick, PA is proud of its downtown district, the site of unique shops, restaurants, banks, office suites and a movie theater. The famous Thanksgiving Day Run for the Diamonds through downtown Berwick, PA hosts about 1,000 runners a year.
Places to Stay in Berwick:
Places to Eat in Berwick:
- Balzano's at Rolling Pines
- A Perfect Blend
- May's Family Restaurant
- Christos Family Restaurant
- Berwick Brewing