Berwick is the easternmost river community in Columbia County with its roots based in manufacturing and industry. From the late 1800’s until 1961, the American Car and Foundry Company was a primary employer in the borough, and the largest manufacturer of train and subway cars in the east. AC&F also produced military tanks during World War II. After their operations ceased, the site became home to the Berwick Industrial Development Association industrial complex that houses 17 different manufacturers and continues to be the economic backbone of the community. Major employers in Berwick include: Wise Foods, makers of potato chips and snacks; PPL electric utilities and nuclear power; Berwick Offray, maker of decorative ribbons and bows; Deluxe Building Systems, producer of prefabricated hotels; and the Berwick Hospital Center. Being on the border, portions of Berwick are included in lower Luzerne County.
Residents of Berwick and the surrounding area enjoy quick access to the Susquehanna Riverlands which is a 1,200 acre environmental preserve owned in part by PPL. The borough also owns and operates Ber-Vaughn Park and the Test Track Park which are two other natural areas reserved for recreation
such as biking, walking, boating or just relaxing. Test Track Park is home to the Annual Bass Tournament, Columbia Montour Visitors Bureau Family Fun Fest, and Berwick Riverfest each year.
Summer is kicked off in Berwick with the Summer Concert Series. Every Tuesday performers will entertain the community at the Jackson Mansion. The Jackson Mansion is a beautiful historic home. This century-old structure was designed by Col. Clarence Jackson while in a Civil War Confederate prison. The mansion was completed in 1878 two years before he died. Deeded to the borough, the mansion is currently home to the Historical Society.
Berwick’s downtown district is well preserved, providing an appealing environment for shopping or dining, and it’s “Christmas Boulevard” is a holiday destination for the entire area, held throughout the month of December. The Holiday Season is kicked off in Berwick with the Thanksgiving Day Run for the Diamonds which hosts about 800 runners each year. The Christmas Parade marches through Berwick the following morning. The holiday weekend wouldn’t be complete without the Santa Speedo Run held the Saturday after Thanksgiving. In December you can take a step back in time and partake in family fun at Victorian Night in Downtown Berwick.
Berwick is also home to an amazing high school athletics program, most notably in football, where the team
has brought home the state championship six times.