About Stoughton Lake and Jennerstown
This approximately 45 acre lake has a responsible and responsive home owners association to help maintain the integrity of the area. It's peaceful and quiet here - no jet skiing allowed. But there's boating and water skiing and fishing and just plain enjoyment in the mountains! And nearby is a lovely summer theater - Mountain Playhouse and the lovely Green Gables Restaurant which oozes charm!
Jennerstown was first settled in the late 18th century as a stage coach stop on the Forbes Road, one of the first roads constructed by English-speaking settlers over the Allegheny Mountains. The town, originally named Laurel Hill, was later renamed Jennerville in honor of Dr. Edward Jenner, discoverer of the smallpox vaccine. Later, Jennerville became Jennerstown. The town and vicinity boast several buildings about 200 years old, which is not common in the surrounding area.
Throughout its history, Jennerstown has served primarily as a wayside for travelers and as a farming community. Its post office was established in 1832, initially under the name of Laurel Hill. The village contained seven or eight houses, a store and a tavern at that time. Jennerstown incorporated as a borough in 1874. Jennerstown has never been a large town, and its current population represents a peak.
Jennerstown is home to the Mountain Playhouse, one of the oldest venues for summer stock theatre in the United States. The Mountain Playhouse has maintained a full schedule of live theatre productions nightly from May through October each year for the last sixty years. Jennerstown Speedway is a popular summer destination for stock car racing.