Located halfway between Pittsburg and Buffalo is St. Marys, a thriving northwestern Pennsylvania city that was settled in the 1840s by Catholic immigrants from Philadelphia and Baltimore. These early leaders developed an economy based on railroads, mining and lumber. The St. Marys economy was later diversified with the creation of a company that manufactured carbon for the dry cell battery industry. Today this Elk County town is in the center of a manufacturing region that is home to 13,000 residents. Homes in St. Marys PA are available for families looking for a great small town.
Along with a rich history, St. Marys has plenty of parks and recreational areas available for residents. The city’s four parks are actively used year-round. The parks’ sports leagues offer very competitive year round events for children and adults. Homes in St. Marys PA are available near these great city parks. Campers, canoeists, hikers, bikers and cross-country skiers will enjoy the area’s Allegheny National Forest. Wilderness fans will also want to watch for the 600 to 700 elk that roam the countryside around St. Marys. Contact the Chamber of Commerce at 814-781-3804 for information about the best places to view these beautiful creatures.
This great community has plenty of attractions and activities for all ages. Elk County’s Council of Arts provides regularly scheduled art classes throughout the year for owners of real estate in St. Marys PA. The Elk County Footlighters is a community theater group that has entertained fans with great musicals and dramas for over 30 years.
There are plenty of other “don’t miss” attractions in St. Marys. Decker’s Chapel was built because a local farmer named Michael Decker fell from a tree when working in his apple orchard one day. Decker was a religious man who vowed to construct a chapel if his injuries healed. Decker did heal and built what is believed to be the smallest church in America. Decker’s Chapel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
A fun, free tour of the Straub Brewery is available for kids 12 and up. This family owned micro-brewery even has an on-site pub The Eternal Tap for those 21 and up. Visitors to the region also shouldn’t miss The Pennsylvania Lumber Museum which is located just a few minutes from St. Marys. The museum pays tribute to Pennsylvania’s logging industry with displays, artifacts and a reconstructed logging camp.
St. Mary’s traditions and community spirit entwine to create some of the best celebrations and special events around. The Memorial Day Parade, Independence Festival and Concert and nearby Ridgway’s Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous are wonderful traditional celebrations. Another annual highlight is the S.M.A.H.S. Holiday Bazaar and Craft Fair. This high school event brings in over 100 arts and crafts venders with food and entertainment for all ages. Light Up Night kicks off the downtown holiday season a few days later. Find out more about local events and real estate in St. Marys PA by contacting a local realtor.