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The Cities and communities of Adams County, Pennsylvania*

Abbottstown, Arendtsville, Aspers

Barlow, Bendersville, Bermudian, Biglerville, Bonneauville, Bridgeport, Brushtown

Carroll Valley, Cashtown, Center Mills

East Berlin, Edgegrove

Fairfield, Fairplay, Fountain Dale

Gardners, Gargol, Gettysburg (county seat), Gladhill, Greenmount, Greenstone, Guldons

Hamilton, Hamiltonban, Hampton, Heidlersburg, Highland, Hilltown, Hunterstown, Huntington

Idaville, Irishtown, Iron Springs


Latimore, Littlestown

McKnightstown, McSherrystown, Mount Joy, Mount Pleasant, Mummasburg

Newchester, New Oxford


Peach Glen


Seven Stars

Table Rock, Two Taverns


York Springs


*This list of cities may not be complete

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Information & Facts about Adams County, Pennsylvania


1980 - 68,345
1990 - 78,729
1991 - 80,194
1992 - 81,141
1993 - 82,098
1994 - 82,972
1995 - 83,550
1996 - 84,457
1997 - 85,612
1998 - 86,537
1999 - 87,697
2000 - 91,292

Size: 526 square miles in area

Elevation: 600 above sea level

Climate & Weather:
Average annual temperature: 53.4 degrees F.
Average maximum temperature: 74.8 degrees F.
Average minimum temperature: 30.1 degrees F.
Average annual snowfall: 32.2 inches
Average annual rainfall: 40.99 inches


Adams County is located in southeastern Pennsylvania

Adams County is less than 100 miles from Washington, D.C., Baltimore, MD, Philadelphia and Pennsylvania's Capitol city of Harrisburg

Other Information:

The Geology of Adams County


Adams County Bicentennial Website
200 years of history
January 22, 1800 - January 22, 2000

Adams County was created on January 22, 1800, from part of York County and was named in honor of President John Adams. Gettysburg, the county seat, was named for James Gettys, a local landowner

Adams County is on the famous "Mason-Dixon Line" which marked the line between North and South during the Civil War.

The majority of the native-born population are of German, English or Irish background.

On 19 November 1863, President Abraham Lincoln spoke at what is now the Gettysburg National Military Park, giving is famous "Gettysburg Address." 3,000 markers and monuments are in the cemetery.

Gettysburg was also the home of the 34th President of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower. His farmhouse here was the only home he ever owned. The farm is now open to the public.


US GenWeb Project page for Adams County

Cemeteries of Adams County

Adams County Historical Society
111 N. West Confederate Ave.
P.O. Box 4325
Gettysburg, PA
Phone: (717) 334-4723


Gettysburg is the county seat

County Courthouse
111 Baltimore Street
Gettysburg, PA 17325-2312
(717) 334-6781
FAX: (717) 334-6781

Three county commissioners are elected for a three year term. There are 21 townships and 13 boroughs. Each one elected its own councilmen or supervisors in their own independent form of government.

Adams County Political Information (not official site)

Adams County Economic Development Corporation
1685 Baltimore Pike
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325
Phone: 717-334-0042
Fax: 717-337-1628

Adams County Public Library System


Second to agriculture, tourism is a mainstay of the local economy.   The "Adams County Fruit Belt", along the eastern slopes of the South Mountain Range, has miles of orchards which provide great revenues for the county.   Though not the largest sector of the county’s economy, manufacturing is the largest employment sector, with 40% of total nonagricultural employment


Gettysburg College


Gettysburg - Adams County Area Chamber of Commerce
18 Carlisle Street, Suite 203
Gettysburg, PA 17325
Phone: 717-334-8151
fax: 717-334-3368

Gettysburg Convention & Visitors Bureau

31 Carlisle Street
Gettysburg, PA 17325
Toll-free: 800-337-5015
Phone: 717-334-6274
Fax:    717-334-1166


America Military Museum
523 Baltimore St
Gettysburg, PA 17325
Phone: 717-334-6996

National Apple Museum
154 West Hanover St.
Biglerville, PA 17307
Phone: (717) 677 4556

National Civil War Wax Museum
297 Steinwehr Avenue
Gettysburg, PA 17325
Phone: 717-334-6245

Adams County Irish Festival
Gettysburg Moose Park
100 Moose Road
Gettysburg, Pa 17325-8364
held in July each year

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