Girls Weekend!

Leaving for a weekend in the woods at Mt. GretnaWhat’s a perfect way to spend a summer weekend with your best friends? Hanging out in the woods, preferably near a lake, and most definitely with good food and cold beverages. Pictured here around 1920 or so, Fanny Stauffer, along with her sisters Arline and Dorothy and friends Mabel Myer, Irene Johnson and Irene Numbers, are ready to board the train from Mechanicsburg Junction to Mt. Gretna. The Stauffer girls were daughters of Henry M. Stauffer, a lumber merchant near Leola (formerly Mechanicsburg). They and their friends are loaded down with pillows, blankets, lanterns, and baskets of food and supplies for a weekend camping getaway. Mt. Gretna, while technically in Lebanon County, was THE place to cool off in the woods in the early 1900s. Situated by Lake Conewago and home to loads of little rustic cottages, there was no shortage of outdoor activities for these girls. I just hope the mosquitoes weren’t a nuisance!

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