Dr. David Kenley has a piece of advice for everyone living in the Elizabethtown community.
“Appreciate what’s in your own back yard.” He says.
Dr. Kenley would be one to know. He works as a Professor of History at Elizabethtown College, and is an active community-member within the borough. Dr. Kenley moved to Elizabethtown with his family in July 2004, in order to take a job at the college. Before coming to Etown, he lived in Huntington, West Virginia where he worked as a professor at Marshall University. Kenley said that although Huntington was a larger community then Etown, it was more isolated. Indeed, one of the things Kenley appreciates most about Etown is easy travel methods and close proximity to major cities, such as Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington D.C. Access to these cities would naturally be a priority for a traveler like Kenley, who has been to 46 out of 50 states. (Arkansas and Oklahoma, as well as the Dakotas remain on his unvisited list.)
Kenley is very involved on campus, organizing events such as Etown College’s Scholarship Day, a day dedicated to the scholarly and creative accomplishments of Etown students. He also actively participates within the community. He has three children, two girls and one boy, and he attends their extracurricular events. He has one daughter who is a Girl Scout, the other partakes in gymnastics. His son participates in high school sports, and the Kenley family has season tickets during the Etown High School football season. His wife is a township official, on the Planning Commission. Their entire family attends a local church.
For Dr. Kenley, Etown is both similar and different to the other towns he has lived in. He says that most of the places where he has lived are all near a college or university, and that Etown is very much a college town. He admits that Etown is much smaller than other areas he has previously lived in, with a more rural atmosphere, but despite its initial unfamiliarity, the borough has grown on him. He says his kids love it here; they have entirely embraced Etown life.
Following his own advice, Kenley advises members of the Etown community to go and look at the Masonic homes. The gardens are beautiful, and are often overlooked by those living closest in the community. Elizabethtown also has an Amtrak station (located conveniently near the Masonic homes) which can be capitalized on for travel. Bring people in and out of Etown, to experience all it has to offer. If you’re looking for David Kenley, you just might find him.