About The Area
The Lebanon Valley is nestled in the pastoral surroundings of south
central Pennsylvania. The Lebanon Valley is an area known for its
heritage and charm. As part of Pennsylvania Dutch country, its idyllic
countryside views are unparalleled; the area is centrally located with
numerous metropolitan areas within easy reach. U.S. Interstates 81, 78
and 76 (the Pennsylvania Turnpike) traverse the County, providing
travelers with easy access to other major roadways and cities. The
County is located approximately 100 miles northwest of Baltimore, 200
miles southwest of New York City, 85 miles west of Philadelphia and 150
miles northwest of Washington, D.C. Lancaster, Reading and Harrisburg
are all within 30 miles.
The Lebanon Valley is 363 square miles
in size. Excellent dining establishments and lodging options are
available to tourists, but for those looking to relocate, the area is
served by award-winning healthcare facilities, including The Good Samaritan Hospital and Philhaven Hospital, as well as six public
school systems and many private schools. Approximately 40 four-year
colleges and universities are located within 60 miles of the county with
Lebanon Valley College (LVC), Evangelical Theological Seminary and
Harrisburg Area Community College located within the county. In fact,
LVC, founded in 1866, is one of U.S. News & World Report’s “100 Best
Colleges” and provides highly individualized learning plans for its
student body of approximately 1,900.
Boasting its rural charm, big-city accessibility and rich culture,
the area offers a quality of life that is the envy of many communities.
For more information about Lebanon County click here to be re-directed to the Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce website.
Historical and Other Must See Places
|Cornwall Iron Furnace
Cornwall Furnace is indeed a unique survivor of the early
American iron industry. Originally built by Peter Grubb in
1742, the furnace underwent extensive renovations in 1856-57
under its subsequent owners, the Coleman family, and closed
in 1883. It is this mid-19th century ironmaking complex
which survives today. At Cornwall, furnace, blast equipment,
and related buildings still stand as they did over a century
ago. Here visitors can explore the rambling Gothic Revival buildings
where cannons, stoves, and pig iron were cast, and where men
labored day and night to satisfy the furnace’s appetite for
charcoal, limestone, and iron ore.
Cornwall Iron Furnace is part of a
National Historic Landmark District by the U.S. Department of the
Interior, National Park Service. It has also been designated
a National Historical Landmark by the American Society of
Metals, and a National Historic Mechanical Engineering
Landmark by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers,
citing Cornwall Furnace as “the only one of America’s
hundreds of 19th century charcoal fueled blast furnaces to
survive fully intact.”
| Union Canal Tunnel
Canal Tunnel Park surrounds the Union Canal and the tunnel through
which it flows.
The 610 foot tunnel is the oldest transportation tunnel
in the U.S. The park includes 110 acres of meadows and woods
surrounding the tunnel and 5/8 mile of watered canal. The tunnel, a
National Historic Landmark, was completed in 1827. Visitors can walk on
the towpath once trodden by mules, picnic at our new pavilions or at
single tables throughout the park or go fishing while enjoying the
beauty of the park. Climb the marked trails through the wooded hill
adjacent to the canal. The park is open every day from dawn to dusk.
Click here for more information on the Union Canal Tunnel.
Nestled in the rolling hills, is the quaint Victorian Village of Mount Gretna. Attracted by its natural beauty, the Pennsylvania Chautauqua Society founded Mount Gretna in the 1890's. Throughout the area are hiking and biking trails that make it a perfect destination point for any time of the year. Mount Gretna comes alive during the summer months as people visit the area for its pleasant surroundings and quality entertainment.
Visitors can take in a show at the Mount Gretna Theatre during the months of June and July, or visit The Timbers Dinner Theatre and Restaurant for a first rate musical review and dinner theatre in July and August. In August, Music in Gretna features classical concerts and chamber music and a jazz Festival in the open-air playhouse.
The third weekend in August is also the date for the Mount Gretna Art Show, nationally-ranked juried art show that boasts thousands of visitors each year. Mount Gretna also has a lake for swimming, roller rink, numerous restaurants and a one of an old-fashion ice ream shop.
Click Here for more information about what Mount Gretna has to offer.
|Lebanon Farmer's Market
Located at 35 South 8th Street, this original 1892 Farm Market Building has been preserved to the beauty of it's 19th century birth while creating a 21st century shopping experience! The structure is home to a varied list of more than 30 Farm Market Vendors, Lebanon Picture Frame and Fine Art, The Market House Bakery & Cafe and Niko's Restaurant.
The long and varied history of this location precedes even the resurrection of the Market House in 1892. This former site was home of the former Lebanon County Courthouse and Jail that will forever be connected with the story of the Blue Eyed Six. In the 1870's the small town of Lebanon made national news with the infamous murder case of the Blue Eyed Six, still studied in law books today! This famous trial lasted for nearly 6 months and ended with the courtyard hanging of five of the Blue Eyed Six on this very property. Fire destroyed the structure just a few years later. Keep your eyes out because there may be spirits lurking!
In 2003, after nearly a four year construction process, the Farmers Market has returned to its home in the magnificently restored original Market House location that is once again the place to see and be seen!
Click Here for more information about the Lebanon Farmer's Market.
Fort Indiantown Gap
Fort Indiantown Gap (called the Gap by locals) is located in northern Lebanon
County, just off Exit 85B, I-81, The Gap is the home of the Pennsylvania
Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and the Headquarters, Army
and Air National Guard. The largest employer in Lebanon County, the Gap
is one of the premiere National Guard training sites in the United
States and provides a wide array of training for active and reserve
components of the Army, Air Force, Civil Air Patrol, law enforcement
agencies, and other authorized users.
Visitors are welcome to drive through the Gap, except for the
training corridor and a few restricted areas. Comprised of about 17,000
acres, the "Garrison" portion of the installation, where buildings are
located, consists of 5,000 acres with about 12,000 in the training
Muir Army Airfield, the sixth busiest airport in Pennsylvania, is the
base of operations for a wide variety of rotary wing (helicopter) and
fixed wing aircraft, including Blackhawk, Chinook, Apache, Huey, and
Kiowa helicopters. There are a number of historical and military
displays nearby including the restored Range House at the PNG Military
Museum, the 28th Division, the 95th Division and Battle of the Bulge
monuments, the Air National Guard F-102 and the EC-130 static displays,
helicopters static display, Nike missiles, the 40 & 8 French
railroad boxcar - Merci or French Gratitude Train, and the Stevedore
The Lieutenant Governor's residence, a fieldstone mansion, is located
near the main entrance. Immediately adjacent to the Gap is the
Indiantown Gap National Cemetery and the Pennsylvania Veterans memorial,
both of which are open to the public and are well worth the visit.
Activities and Wellness in Lebanon
Golfers revel in the selection of beautiful, challenging courses in this south central Pennsylvania region. In fact, there are more than a dozen golf courses in the Lebanon Valley and more than 50 within a short drive.
Catering to all ages and skill levels and
featuring a range of terrains, these courses provide professional service, pro shops and a variety of amenities. Golfers will experience
beautiful courses on rolling lands that make a day on the golf course a
Click here for a full listing of our member golf courses and services or to search other business categories.
|Rails to Trails
A favorite community activity is walking,
bicycling and horseback riding on the Lebanon Valley Rails to Trails.
The trails stretches for 12.5 miles from the south side of the City of
Lebanon to the village of Lawn. Serenity, lush greenery, old iron
bridges, great Ice Cream stops, scenic streams, century old farms, cool
breezes and shady spots can be enjoyed in Lebanon Rails to Trails.
Considerable progress has been made on the Lebanon Valley rail trail,
although there remains much work to do before the project is finished.
The goal is to have one contiguous trail running through the county.
Currently, the southern portion of the trail is open to hikers and
bikers. Follow the path to Mt. Gretna and enjoy a tasty treat at the
Jigger Shop before heading back.
Click here for the Lebanon Valley Rails to Trails web site
|Lebanon Valley YMCA
Being healthy means more than simply being physically active. It’s about
maintaining a balanced spirit, mind and body. The Y is a place where
you can work toward that balance by challenging yourself to learn a new
skill or hobby, fostering connections with friends through our lifelong
learning programs, or bringing your loved ones closer together through
our many family-centered activities. At the Y, it’s not about the
activity you choose as much as it is about the benefits of living
healthier on the inside as well as the outside.
To learn more about the Lebanon Valley YMCA, click here.
|The Annual Give Thanks for Lebanon 5K/10K
Non-Profit Fundraising Event with ALL Proceeds Benefiting WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital and the Lebanon Valley Family YMCA.
Date and Location - Third Saturday in November
begins at the 8th Street entrance to the
Lebanon Farmers Market (33 South 8th
Click here to learn more about the Annual Give Thanks for Lebanon 5k-10k Race.
Arts and Entertainment
|First Friday Art Walk
Join us on the first Friday of every month from 5-8 PM for a walk through Lebanon to see work by local artists.
For more events and information about the Lebanon Valley Council on the Arts, click here.
The Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery at Lebanon Valley College
The Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery is recognized as one of the
region's foremost spaces in which to experience the achievements of
internationally renowned artists and art movements of yesterday and
today. Housed in a former church in the medieval-revival style, the
Gallery is host to five to six exhibitions a year, with loans from major
national and regional art museums, galleries, and collectors.
Exhibitions cover a wide range of periods and mediums, including
medieval manuscripts, Renaissance prints, Japanese woodcuts, and Pop
Art, as well as installations, drawings, and paintings by important
contemporary artists and LVC faculty.
Exhibitions are made possible by the The Friends of the Gallery, the
Gallery's membership group, as well as other generous sponsors.
Wednesday: 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday–Friday: 1:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday–Sunday: 11:00 a.m.– 5:00 p.m.
By appointment for tour groups.
There is no charge for admission to the gallery.
For more information, click here
One of south-central Pennsylvania’s only professional theatres, and one
of the oldest summer theatres in the United States, Gretna Theatre is
located in the arts/resort community of Mt. Gretna, PA. Summer seasons
of theatre have been produced at this same location since 1927!
Featuring a mix of Broadway musicals and comedies as well as musical
revues and theatre for children, Gretna Theatre currently operates at
the Mt. Gretna Playhouse during the months of June and July each summer,
and presents special events and educational outreach programming at
other venues during the balance of the year.
For more information and a schedule of events, click here.
|Lebanon Community Theater
musicals, and dramas fill the stage in the theater at Stoever's
Dam Park, known as the Lebanon Community Theatre.
in our 51st year of providing quality, live entertainment to the
community as patrons from all over south
central Pennsylvania travel to Lebanon to see many talented
people both on the stage and behind the scenes who volunteer
their time to entertain you.
For more information and a list of upcoming events, click here
|PA Renaissance Faire
Just south of the Lebanon
County line on Route 72, Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth, is waiting for you to
live the excitement and adventure of the era when there were jousting knights,
Shakespearean plays, musical performers, puppet shows, magic acts and daring
stunts. Enjoy period foods, micro-brewed ales and sweet wines from 23 Royal
Kitchens or shop from scores of Renaissance merchants.
The PA Renaissance Faire runs weekends over the summer. The Faire grounds also feature the Mt. Hope Winery and host events throughout the year.
For more information, visit http://www.parenfaire.com/
When it comes to activities and events, Hershey and Harrisburg have things to do for everyone.
“The Sweetest Place on Earth,”®, Hershey was founded in 1903 by Milton Hershey. This chocolate-themed town has activities and entertainment for the whole family.
Most famous for the world-class amusement park,Hersheypark®, Hershey is are also home to Hershey’s Chocolate World, Tanger Outlets, and the Hershey Bears professional hockey team. Be sure to check out the many live performances and concert events at the Hershey Theatre, GIANT Center or Hersheypark Stadium.
Complete with concert halls, fine restaurants and museums for many interests, the capital city is a popular destination for those craving the culture, cuisine and nightlife of a welcoming metropolitan center.
Browse the city’s eclectic art galleries and peruse the downtown and midtown shops found along Second and Third streets. Harrisburg is made famous by its history, tranquility and family adventure, but few realize how exciting the nightlife can be. Your visit to downtown Harrisburg is sure to be filled with lots of great eats, drinks, and laughs.
Start the evening on Harrisburg's Second Street "Restaurant Row" with happy-hour cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at any of the dining hotspots. Do like the locals do and hop to another restaurant for dinner, followed by a lounge or two for a taste of each bar’s signature drink. And, if you’re looking to be entertained, Harrisburg live music, stand-up comedy shows and dance clubs with resident and visiting DJs keep the party going long into the night.
There are so many things to do in Harrisburg, Pa that you may need to plan to visit us regularly! The Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts in Harrisburg showcases the most unique national touring acts and live performers, and major league baseball players get their start playing for the Harrisburg Senators baseball team.
For more information about Hershey and Harrisburg, visit http://www.visithersheyharrisburg.org
|When you visit Lancaster, PA, you'll experience a countryside
in history, art, creativity, fun and most importantly, Pennsylvania
Dutch Country hospitality.
There's no shortage of unique and exciting Lancaster things to do, no
matter why you like to travel. Whether you're thinking of visiting
Lancaster for an authentic PA Amish experience, to shop until you drop,
for exploring our vibrant downtown, to enjoy great outdoor activities,
to bring the one you love for a romantic getaway or for sharing memories
with the whole family.
Things to see and do in Lancaster:
Visit PA Amish
Lancaster Barnstormers Baseball
See more about Lancaster County at: www.padutchcountry.com/index.asp
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