Danville still celebrates its history during the annual Iron Heritage Festival held each July, and recognizes its connection to the North Branch Susquehanna River that fed this past and its position as a resource for outdoor recreation. Some favorite features include the J. Manley Robbins Trail (the oldest rail trail in the U.S.), the mountain biking trails of Hopewell Park and Geisinger Stewardship Forest, and of course the Danville River Front Park, which showcases our beautiful Susquehanna River.
Discover Danville Walking Tour
Historic architecture, friendly neighborhoods, and quaint shops await your discovery as you stroll through the streets of our community. Walking tour begins at the Montgomery House Museum at the corner of Bloom and Mill Streets and takes you through the heart of Danville’s Historic District.Details
The J. Manley Robbins Trail is a former railroad line for the “Montour,” a 10-ton narrow gauge locomotive used for carrying iron ore betwen deposits and furnaces. The line was converted to a bicycle path in the 1890’s, making it the oldest ‘Rails to Trails’ in the country. The trail now connects with additional trails and recreation amenities at the Hess Field Complex.Details
This stone Federal House, now a museum, was built in 1792 for General William Montgomery and his family. Montgomery was a native of Chester County and a prominent figure in the early fight for independence from Britain. Danville, originally called Montgomery’s Landing, was later renamed after the General’s son.Details
This historic park was originally the site of Danville’s first cemetery. Its central feature is a 73-foot stone obelisk, which was built as a Civil War monument and was dedicated on Memorial Day in 1909; several other monuments dedicated to veterans of other wars are also found within the park. Today, the park is home to many events, including concerts and plays.
Mill Street is at the heart of the Danville business district, extending from the hills above the town to its riverfront. Flanked by well-preserved Italianate and Victorian architecture, it is bisected by historic Market Street and anchored by the Montgomery House, the Montour County Courthouse, and remnants of the North Branch of the Pennsylvania Canal.Details
The Montour Environmental Preserve offers a variety of educational and recreational opportunities, including hiking, nature observation and photography, boating and fishing, as well as hunting nearby. This is also a stop on the Audubon’s Susquehanna River Birding and Wildlife Trail.Details