Peace Light Inn, 1947


Photo courtesy of the Adams County Historical Society

The Majestic Theater staff enjoys a beverage together at the Peace Light Inn
in 1947.

The Peace Light Inn began as a short-order restaurant and soda fountain, and it was a popular hangout for teenagers during the 1940s. Constructed by the Warner family in 1941, it was a prominent gathering place and saw numerous dignitaries and famous visitors who valued its close proximity to the Eternal Light Peace Memorial. Cabins were added to the property in the mid-1940s. The structure was destroyed by a fire on March 16, 1979.

Did you know?

The local Chamber of Commerce commissioned a study in 1943 to find other places for youth in the area to congregate, citing the Peace Light Inn and street corners as the only places for teenagers, especially military cadets, to hang out.


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Born and raised in Adams County, Pennsylvania, Jessica and her husband, Troy, created Celebrate Gettysburg magazine in 2007. Before starting the publication, Jessica was the art director for Frederick Magazine, a successful regional publication based in Frederick, Maryland. She was the president for the AIGA Blue Ridge chapter and has won numerous awards for her graphic design. Always eager to give back to the community, Jessica has helped to promote many local activities and has volunteered her design services to a variety of regional nonprofit organizations. She lives in downtown Gettysburg with her family.

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