Lock Haven, located in Central Pennsylvania, is the county seat of Clinton County. It sits near the junction of the West Branch of the Susquehanna River and Bald Eagle Creek. Lock Haven is the main city in the Lock Haven Statistical Area, with a population of almost 10,000 people.
Lock Haven began as a timber town in the 1830s because of its plentiful local forests and easy access to rivers and railroads. Over time, Lock Haven grew from a small town filled with sawmills and papermills to become a major hub for healthcare and education.
Over one third of Lock Haven’s population works in the healthcare, education and social work industries. Lock Haven University and the UPMC Susquehanna Lock Haven Hospital are the city’s largest employers. They are also two of the seven largest employers in Clinton County. Many Lock Haven residents also work at First Quality Products, the Lock Haven Catholic School or for Clinton County.
Lock Haven University stages public events during the year, including concerts, plays, student recitals and art exhibits. Popular local events include the annual boat regatta sponsored by the local Junior Chamber International chapter, the annual Airfest at the Lock Haven airport, and the city of Lock Haven’s annual Halloween and Christmas parades.
Lock Haven has a rich historical and architectural heritage. The city boasts three sites that have been named to the National Register of Historic Places: Memorial Park Site, the Heisey House and the Water Street District. Lock Haven is home to a large collection of well-maintained 19th and early 20th Century Victorian architecture. One of these buildings, the Clinton County Courthouse, was designed by famous architect Samuel Sloan, the architect responsible for the Lancaster County Courthouse and the Southern Mansion in Cape May.