|With a local population of about
6,700, Greenville offers a small town way of life while still providing many assets
normally found in much larger cities. In addition to a growing industrial
base, the larger Greenville area offers a stable economy, an excellent educational
environment, cultural advantages, and unlimited recreational opportunities for the
approximately 15,000 people that live within a 15-mile radius. The area provides for
retirement living at its best, offers two daily newspapers, and hosts a scenic public
park. Greenville is a peaceful, college community on the rolling hills of
western Pennsylvania which combines the advantages of small town living with easy
access to the metropolitan areas of Pittsburgh and Cleveland.
Located in northern Mercer County, Greenville, Pennsylvania, is the
oldest town in the county. It was incorporated in 1838 and has a long, proud
history. The Canal Museum authentically depicts the history of the area's canal era. It
excitingly features a full-size reproduction of boats operating on the canal from
1842-1871. Railroad Park displays Engine 604, an original steam engine, at the Greenville
Area Railroad Museum. The Greenville Historical Society Museum is another
place to learn about the rich and varied history of the area as it recreates life in
western Pennsylvania during the canal and rail eras and on growth of modern
In addition to Greenville School District, the larger area also boasts
of four other excellent school districts: Reynolds, Jamestown, Commodore Perry and
Lakeview, and the Mercer County Career Center, a vocational-technical school.
Thiel College, located in Greenville, was
founded in 1866. It offers a four-year liberal arts program with studies in 22
major fields on its 135 park like acres. Within 15 to 35 miles are five
additional college campuses for advanced educational opportunities: Penn State Shenango
Campus , Grove City College, Westminster College, Allegheny College, and Youngstown State
Thiel College's Center for Lifelong Learning
meets area residents' ongoing educational needs. East of Greenville is McKeever
Environmental Learning Center, directed by a consortium of five area state colleges, which
has programs and events for all ages; McKeever borders Goddard State Park and Lake
The Greenville Symphony Orchestra annually presents several concerts in Thiel
College's Passavant Center. During the summer, the Greenville Community band
presents concerts at Riverside Park's amphitheater, a natural stone structure that seats
2,5000. Two libraries are available to the community at the Greenville Area
Public Library and the Thiel College Library offering over 175,00 volumes between
Greenville Borough's Riverside Park has a full-time recreation program
sponsored by the Greenville United Way, Borough Council, and the Greenville School
District. The park has a nature study center, trails, swimming pool, and gymnasium.
Thiel College provides public access to its swimming pool, eight tennis
courts, and two gymnasiums. Within a 15 minute drive of the area are five lakes:
Pymatuning Reservoir, Lake Wilhelm, Sandy Lake, Conneaut Lake, and Shenango Reservoir,
which offer excellent picnicking, boating, swimming, fishing and camping areas. In
addition, Pymatuning State Park offers some of the best sailing and outdoor
recreation. For the golf enthusiast, there are 11 courses within this radius.
Conneaut Lake Amusement Park at Conneaut Lake, the largest body of water in the state, has
entertained families for years. Other attractions within a 15 mile radius are:
Jamestown's Deer Park; Kidd's Mill Bridge, the only covered bridge of its type in the
eastern U.S.; Brucker Great Blue Heron Sanctuary, the largest nesting reserve of these
birds in Pennsylvania, and the Shenango Dam.
More than 50 manufacturing industries provide jobs for area residents.
Werner Ladder Co., headquartered in Sugar Grove Township, has become the
standard in the climbing equipment industry and is also one of the nation's leading
independent aluminum extruders. Hodge Foundry, manufactures iron castings.
The Greenville-Reynolds Development, three
miles south of Greenville, has 47 diversified manufacturing companies. In the
development, Damascus Tube, makes aluminum rolling. Served by two major
railroads, the development is within 12 miles of Interstate 80. Route 60, 12
miles to the south, offers easy access to the Pittsburgh International Airport.
St. Paul Nursing Home, a non-profit continuing care retirement community, is
open to people of all faiths. The sprawling estate covers 622 acres of rolling
woodlands. St. Paul employs a staff of of 270 offering 24 hour care with services
which include a chapel, a beauty shop, and a gift shop. St. Paul offers medical care
for minor problems on campus and can also schedule therapy.
Recently, an assisted living village was
established called The Ridgewood at St. Paul for residents who need personal
care. It offers private living for singles and couples who wish to
maintain their independence to the greatest extent possible.
White Cliff Nursing Home offers features such
as a beauty and barber shop, a large multi-purpose room for special occasions, an outdoor
picnic pavilion for residents and their families, activity programs and church services.
It also offers a full range of medical services and a variety of therapy.
Many activities take place yearly. Some of these include:
Business and Industry Day Golf Outing, Antique and Classic Car Show, Chamber Golf Outing,
Back To The Fifties Cruise In, Scarecrows in the Park, Halloween Parade, and for over
fifty years, the annual Christmas Parade.
Air Service: The Greenville Municipal Airport is open to the public 7 days a
week, 24 hours a day. It provides non-commercial service, with a
hard-surface runway. The Youngstown/Warren Regional Airport, 25 miles away, offers
commercial services. With approximately a hour and half drive, both Pittsburgh
International Airport and Cleveland Airport can be easily accessed.
Highways: Two interstate highways, Routes 79
and 80, provide quick access to the Greenville area. State routes PA 18, 58,
and 358 also provide mobility throughout the area.
Railroads: Conrail Bessemer and Lake
Bus Services: Anderson Bus and Tour
Radio Stations: Locally there are two radio stations
broadcasting: WGRP/WEXC of Greenville Broadcasting and WTGP out of Thiel College
Newspaper: The Record Argus, the local
newspaper, runs Monday through Saturday with a circulation of 5500. Also
available is The Sharon Herald which runs daily including Sundays.
The Greenville area has a wide variety of principal civic organizations. The
Lions, Rotary and Kiwanis clubs are well known service organizations. Business
organizations are represented by the Business & Professional Women and the
Chamber of Commerce. Fraternal organizations include the Elks, the Moose, and the
The immediate Greenville area has over twenty churches.
Locally, there are three motels with accommodations for 55 rooms and a Bed
and Breakfast with 4 rooms. Within the 15 mile radius, there is a larger choice
of lodgings including a Holiday Inn, a Comfort Inn, a Radisson Hotel and Tara,
a country inn.
Avenue of 444 Flags - The American Freedom Museum and monument
commemorate the time America was held hostage and speaks of a renewal of patriotism.
Daffin's Candies is home of The Chocolate
Kingdom where you can see the world's largest candy store. Swizzle Stick Day
is held the Sunday before Palm Sunday
Reyer's Shoe Store - world's largest shoe
Kraynaks - seasonal displays
Tara is an "Old South Mansion"
where the tradition of the Old South continues with uncommon excellence as a way of
life. It offers three unique and distinct restaurants.