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Toni Fitzgerald writes about raising a family in central Pennsylvania.

Why We Chose Central PA to Raise Our Kids

Written by Toni Fitzgerald | Apr 28, 2014 2:51 PM

They say home is where the heart is.

So I guess I began to consider Pennsylvania my home 15 years ago, when a Pennsylvania native stole my heart.

I hail from Virginia originally. I remember when my mom was driving me from Virginia to Pennsylvania to start my first “real” job after college, she joked with me that I’d probably meet a farmer, fall in love, and never return to Virginia.

She wasn't too far off. My husband’s an editor, not a farmer, but these days I only go back to Virginia for visits.

We made a conscious decision to raise our two children in Central Pennsylvania for three main reasons:

  1. It’s equidistant between our parents’ houses, about two hours to each of them 
  2. It balances the joys of city and country living.
  3. We like the cultural, athletic and intellectual activities the area has to offer.

Where else could we take in a Senators game in the afternoon, then spend the rest of the day exploring City Island? Or drive just a few minutes away to see an authentic Amish farm? Or visit the Civil War battlefields on horseback? Or meet family to go tubing at Ski Roundtop before taking in a high school basketball playoff game?


Those are a few of the fun things we've done over the years, and I know as the kids get older there will only be more.

Won’t you join us on our journey raising kids in Central PA? In this blog, I hope to give you some ideas about fun local trips, enjoyable restaurants and shows, and maybe even some places you and your family haven’t tried before.

I’d love to hear your input about what you love (or don’t) about raising kids in this area, too.

And I’ll brag a little about my kids, because let’s face it, that’s what every parent does and that’s pretty much all I did on my previous blog.
I look forward to getting to know you.

First up: What would you be interested in reading about in this blog? Post your answers in the comments section.

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