Olde Getty Place - Elm Street Initiative

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The Elm Street Program was created through the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Department of Economic Development. The program is designed  to strengthen the older historic neighborhoods that characterize many of Pennsylvania’s communities. Too many of them today are beset by lower property values, a negative image, and perceptions of poor public safety. Elm Street aims to improve the situation of Pennsylvania’s residential neighborhoods while linking revitalization efforts to those in nearby or adjacent Main Streets / downtowns. The Elm Street Program is structured around simultaneous actions in five focus areas, integrated through a community-based strategy planning process.


The elements of the “five point approach” include:

  • Clean, Safe and Green

  • Neighbors and Economy

  • Design

  • Image and Identity

  • Sustainable Organization








Gettysburg's Elm Street neighborhood has been named Olde Getty Place. It is a 10 block area in Ward Three of Gettysburg Borough. The area is rich with African-American heritage and was home to free black citizens prior to the Civil War. The neighborhood has a proud history of inclusion and diversity. Notable historic landmarks include St. Paul AME Zion Church, St. Francis Xavier Church and Lincoln Cemetery.


Local residents and other interested volunteers serve on the different committees listed above. They have taken on active roles in the revitalization of this historic area. Activities include neighborhood clean-ups, monthly community dinners, facade improvement program and crime prevention. If you are interested in serving on a committe please contact the Elm Street Manager, Stephanie McIlwee at 717-334-1518 x229. Watch our videos at the bottom of this page which highlight neighborhood events and history

Please watch a video about the hidden history of Olde Getty Place, as featured on Gettysburg Insider.  Local historian and Olde Getty Place volunteer Jean Green shared her research and her own memories.