Selinsgrove PA

About Selinsgrove, PA in Snyder County

The quaint and historic town of Selinsgrove, PA was founded in 1787. The community is a small one – just over 5,000 residents. Selinsgrove, PA is nestled in the middle of the Susquehanna River Valley in Central Pennsylvania. The easiest way to reach the town is by travelling US Routes 11 and 15. The town is 50 miles north of Harrisburg, PA and about five miles southwest of Sunbury, PA.

The school system, Selinsgrove Area School District, has approximately 2,700 students. The sports teams, known for their mascot the Seals, are deeply rooted in the community.

The borough of Selinsgrove, PA is located in Snyder County. Selinsgrove, PA is home to Susquehanna University, which is recognized as one of the finest liberal arts universities in the northeastern United States.

Snyder County offers numerous employment and educational opportunities and state of the art medical facilities, such as nearby Evangelical Community Hospital, Sunbury Community Hospital, and dozens of outpatient Geisinger Medical Center clinics

Interesting Trivia about Selinsgrove, PA

On April 30, 1988 in Selinsgrove, PA, 33,000 bananas were delivered along with 2,500 gallons of ice cream, 600 pounds of nuts, and a variety of toppings. The reason: to create the worlds longest banana split. It was 4.55 mi long!

The History of Selinsgrove, PA

Selinsgrove, PA has a long and rich history. It was founded in 1787 by Captain Anthony Selin, who fought with George Washington in the American Revolution. Today, the Selin’s Grove Brewing Company honors the founding fathers of the town with its name. It is housed in the downstairs of the Governor Snyder mansion.

Throughout its history, Routes 11 and 15 were the main artery into the downtown. However, traffic concerns led to the construction of a bypass to funnel truck traffic around the historic downtown. One of the side effects of the bypass was the growth of retail and commercial businesses just north of the borough of Selinsgrove, PA. Today, downtown of Selinsgrove, PA has sought to reinvent itself by emphasizing its historic charm and architecture, as well as personal customer service.

Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, PA

Located within the borough of Selinsgrove, PA is Susquehanna University, a small liberal arts college. The University was founded in 1858 as the Missionary Institute of the Evangelical Lutheran Church and Susquehanna Female College. The University enrolls approximately 2,000 students in three schools: the School of Arts, Humanities and Communications; the School of Natural and Social Sciences; and the Sigmund Weis School of Business. Susquehanna University offers several degrees, including Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Science. Susquehanna offers about 50 areas of study, and has a student-to-faculty ratio of 13-to-1. The University is well known for its top notch education, and one-on-one interactions between students and faculty.

The Susquehanna University campus spans 306 acres in Selinsgrove, PA. There are more than 50 buildings on campus, two of which, Selinsgrove Hall and Seibert Hall, were listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The architecture of the buildings on campus are primarily Georgian in style. It is easy to know that you’ve “arrived” on campus, thanks to the red brick and stately buildings throughout the campus.

Susquehanna River Access in Selinsgrove, PA

Selinsgrove, PA is located on the Susquehanna River — just south of where the two branches meet in Northumberland/Sunbury. The Susquehanna River provides many recreational opportunities for residents, college students and visitors, including boating, fishing, swimming, and ice skating.

The portion of the borough that is located between Penn’s Creek and the Susquehanna River is known locally as the Isle of Que. One local business, the Isle of Que River Guides, offers guided kayak trips along the Susquehanna at Selinsgrove, PA. Tours often include an educational component, such as local history, local flora and fauna, and the like.

Downtown Selinsgrove, PA and Selinsgrove Projects Inc.

Downtown Selinsgrove, PA is home to a variety of boutique shops, restaurants, bars and cafes. The historic downtown is a classic example of colonial and early American architecture, with homes dating back to the nineteenth century. Brick paved sidewalks and tree-lined streets provide a picturesque setting for many fine shops and restaurants. The downtown is managed by a Main Street Manager who is employed by Selinsgrove Projects Inc.

Selinsgrove Projects, Inc. (SPI) is a non-profit organization whose focus is primary focus is on community revitalization in Selinsgrove, PA. They are presently made up of various volunteers with a wide range of expertise serving on several committees.

Some events that are run by SPI are the:

  • Market Street Festival (September)
  • Hops, Vines, and Wines Festival (July)
  • Annual Halloween Parade (October)
  • Selinsgrove White Christmas Celebration (December)

Selinsgrove Inn in Selinsgrove, PA

Selinsgrove, PA is home to the luxurious country Bed and Breakfast, Selinsgrove Inn. Each of the 24 spaciously designed rooms in the Selinsgrove Inn in Selinsgrove, PA will pamper your senses with their exquisite design and cozy furnishings. From the basic rooms to the Jacuzzi suites, each room is designed to be lavish and extravagant beyond any expectation of an inn or hotel. In each room visitors will be tempted into their own comfort with gentle fabrics, quaint sitting areas, and opulent bedding. Every morning a delicious hot breakfast will be offered to all guests in the breakfast room.

Susquehanna Valley Mall near Selinsgrove, PA

The nearby Susquehanna Valley Mall in Selinsgrove, PA has 2 anchor stores:

  • Boscov’s
  • Cinema Center

In addition, the mall offers more than 50 additional stores, including dozens of national brands.

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