Montour County (population 18,236) was created on May 3, 1850, from part of Columbia County and named for Madame Montour, a woman of Indian and French descent, who was prominent in the Indian affairs. Danville, the county seat, was laid out in 1792 and incorporated as a borough on February 27, 1849. It was the county seat of Columbia from 1813 to 1846.
Montour County, in the heart of Pennsylvania, is home to rural farmlands, state game lands, state forests, nature preserves and the Susquehanna River and its tributaries. Ricketts Glen, one of several nearby state parks is a Registered National Natural Landmark with more than 22 waterfalls which can be seen by following a seven mile trail through the area. Almost 20,000 acres of state game land in the area are used for hunting, boating, hiking, bird watching and nature study while there are plenty of lakes and streams for bass, trout, muskie, pickerel and many other fish.
Montour county may be one of the smallest of Pennsylvania counties in geographical size but certainly not in things to do. Located on the north Branch of the Susquehanna River in the heart of Pennsylvania, Montour County is only 4 hours away from New York City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Baltimore. Its county seat - Danville - is a treasure chest of quaint gift shops, antique shops and art galleries and has several outstanding inns for the visitor to stay awhile. Columbia County with its 24 covered bridges is minutes to the east. Historic Victorian Lewisburg is minutes to the west. The mountains of Lycoming County are 30 minutes to the north. The outlets of Lancaster are only several hours to the south.
But before you go there you will need to plan several days to visit our historic sites and natural scenery, browse our shops and eat in some of the finest dining establishments in the area. Whatever your shopping pleasure or appetite - we have it here in...Montour County, PA.