Jameson Health System is the largest employer in Lawrence County, home to approximately 90,000 residents. Our community offers a unique mix of urban and rural living; where even the most secluded wooded lot or arced land of Amish country is only minutes away from shopping, entertainment, schools and premiere healthcare.
Location is Key
Lawrence County is conveniently nestled closely between Pittsburgh and Cleveland. You can enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of our town and be in the big city in less than an hour. Many from our community also enjoy the shopping and dining in nearby Boardman, Ohio that is less than 20 minutes away. Our community is also minutes away from a variety of Interstates including I-376 to Pittsburgh, I-79 and I-76 Turnpike to Ohio or Harrisburg. Our area is characterized by low tax rates and cost of living as compared to nearby counties.
World Class Arts
We are privileged to have some of the country’s most anticipated performances travel right to our town. The world-renowned Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra with Marvin Hamlisch as their conductor frequents the Scottish Rite Cathedral to present the same performances that they display in Vienna, Budapest and at the most known houses throughout the world. Our own New Castle Playhouse features productions directed by well-known artists such as Michael Cavalier. The Celebrity Series at Westminster College “Bringing the Best in World Entertainment to the Campus and the Community” features monthly performances such as “Franc D'Ambrosio Broadway,” “1964… The Tribute (Beatles)” and much more. The Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts described as New Castle’s “cultural jewel” is the historic four-building complex housing art galleries, classrooms, studios, a collection of fine arts library and meeting facilities. The Museum at the Lawrence County Historical Society is housed in a turn-of-the-century mansion kept in its immaculate original condition displaying antique décor.
Activities & Enjoyment
With the aid of the Lawrence County Tourism Promotion Agency online event calendar, you can find an activity (that is usually free) that suits your interests every weekend. Farmers markets featuring organically-grown products; music concerts at the downtown Riverwalk Amphitheater; wine tastings; charity galas; art & ethnic food festivals; as well as seasonal Easter egg hunts and pumpkin patch mazes for the kids; and so much more. Prime Outlets, a hot shopping spot people travel hundreds of miles to visit, is one of the nation's largest shopping plazas featuring hundreds of shops, including all the designer names you wear, is only a few miles away.
Sports, Golf & Fitness
Lawrence County is home to some of the region’s most esteemed golf courses, including The New Castle Country Club, Castle Hills Golf Course, Olde Stonewall Golf Club, Mohawk Trails Golf Course, Tanglewood Golf Course, Stonecrest Golf Course, Green Meadows Golf Course and Sylvan Heights Golf Course. The New Castle YMCA also including The Y Zone in Neshannock Township, offers high quality family fitness at an affordable price. 24-hour fitness facilities are located in town and parks in the area offer fitness par courses as well as biking trails, tennis, basketball, swimming and other activities. A beautiful place to exercise to clear your mind or spend family time is at the fitness par course maintained by Jameson Health System at Neshannock Township’s Pearson Park.
Civil War Heritage
Many of the ornate mansions that you see in downtown New Castle all the way to farmhouses and historical sites in New Wilmington, such as The Tavern Inn, were once part of the Underground Railroad during the Civil War. Amazing to think, descendants of the once Underground Railroad conductors are our neighbors, today.
Parks & Recreation
Residents of Lawrence County can enjoy a variety of parks and recreation within minutes from their home.
McConnell’s Mills State Park is a 2,546 acre park surrounding the Slippery Rock Creek Gorge. Huge boulders and glacial-formed rock adorn the landscape featuring hiking trails and picnic areas. White water rafting, kayaking, fishing and other water sports are enjoyed in the creek and climbing and rappelling is permitted in select areas for advanced climbers. A gristmill built in the 1800s is open for tours.
Moraine State Park is a 16,725 acre park with over 1 million visitors per year. Beach swimming areas, boating, windsurfing, kayaking, sailing and fishing are a few of the activities to enjoy on Lake Arthur. There are many trails including a 28.6-mile hiking trail that follows the lake shore through the forest and fields, a 7-mile bicycle trail winds the shoreline and a 6-mile trailing biking/pedestrian course loops the North Shore. There are also 20 miles of equestrian horseback riding trails in the park and camping areas make for a great weekend family activity that is close to home. About 13,000 acres are open to hunting and trapping. A number of winter activities are featured at Moraine as well, including: snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, sledding, iceboating, ice fishing & ice skating.
Living Treasures Wild Animal Park and Petting Zoo features many of the impressive animals that you would find at the Pittsburgh and Cleveland Zoos, only much closer to home. The park is designed to allow you to get face to face with all types of animals for interaction opportunities not available at the zoo. You’ll find varieties of monkeys, tigers, lions, wolves, reindeer, goats, llamas and many more. Children can enjoy camel rides and the whole family can go on a safari to see zebras and other exotic species.
Pearson Park is located in Neshannock Township, only a few minutes from the North Campus of Jameson Hospital. A 1-mile fitness par course, maintained by Jameson, is the avenue of choice for many locals to exercise in the beauty of the wooded hills of Neshannock. The children enjoy a variety of updated playgrounds featuring a unique soft-padded floor. Enjoy tennis, basketball, picnic areas, baseball fields and a beautiful swimming pool.
Cascade Park located in Shenango Township features trails, picnic areas, reception facilities, playgrounds and beautiful scenery.
Ethnic Cuisine / Dining
Lawrence County features authentic ethnic cuisine allowing you to taste a dish from practically anywhere in the world right in your own town. Tuscan-style Italian and other authentic Italian is a feature of New Castle with much of our ancestry coming from cities spanning Italy. Middle Eastern food is very prevalent with half a dozen highly visited eateries specializing in the cuisine. Fabulous Chinese, authentic Mexican and hearty Irish are also popular favorites in New Castle. We are lucky to have a handful of top-notch steak houses and cheerful American dining spots. Pizza – you’ve come to the right place! Some of the best local pizza places you’ll ever try are right here in Lawrence County. Homemade Amish baked goods are also readily available in Volant and New Wilmington. Last, and certainly not least, the best hotdogs in the world are served in New Castle – our hotdog chili is shipped to friends and family throughout the globe longing for a taste of home.
One of the country’s leading liberal arts colleges, Westminster College, is located in New Wilmington. Westminster offers a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees in everything from business, sciences, languages & arts, theatre & music, English, education and more.
Our school districts are structured by township or city allowing for intimate class sizes with impressive student-faculty ratios graduating students with very high college enrollment rates. Our local schools are:
Ellwood City Area School District
Laurel School District
Mohawk Area School District
Neshannock Township School District
New Castle Area School District
New Castle Christian Academy (kindergarten – 8th grade, non-denominational Christian private school)
Portersville Christian School (kindergarten – 12th grade, Christian private school)
Shenango Area School District
St. Vitus School (pre-kindergarten - 8th grade, Roman Catholic private school)
Union Area School District
Wilmington Area School District
Religions of the world are represented in Lawrence County. Grand, century-old churches, small neighborhood parishes and modernized organizations meet throughout our community. Everyone can find a place of worship to call home in our town.
Quaint Country Charm
A quiet, charming afternoon can be spent antiquing and wine tasting in Volant and a ride in the country to see how the Amish live can be enjoyed in New Wilmington, Amish. Fresh produce and Amish-made products can be purchased at The Cheese House, Apple Castle, farm markets, etc. Several Bed & Breakfasts are located throughout the area for a weekend getaway close to home.
Fireworks Capital of America
Two nationally-known companies are credited with making New Castle, PA the “Fireworks Capital of America”: Zambelli Fireworks International and Pyrotecnico (Vitale). Independence Day lasts for weeks in Lawrence County with multiple grand fireworks shows throughout the community to be enjoyed many times over each year.