The county boasts a mixture
of light industry and beautiful farmland nestled between mountains that run
along the northern and southern borders. Residents choose from a variety of
outdoor and indoor activities. Golf is extremely popular with nine public and
private courses. Excellent hunting areas are available in the surrounding State
Game lands. Mountain biking and hiking in the surrounding area, including the
nearby Appalachian Trail, also are popular.
Lebanon County consistently
ranks below state and national unemployment rates. People of the area have
developed reputations for solid work ethics, strong values and generosity.
Virtues such as volunteerism and community activism are alive and well, and are
evidenced in local facilities such as the YMCA, the community library system and
the community hospital.
The area has six excellent
public school districts and several private schools. The Lebanon campus of Harrisburg Area Community College is located in downtown
Lebanon and Lebanon Valley
College is located about seven miles to the west of the city in Annville,
There are many
opportunities to experience artistic and cultural events, both locally and
regionally. Mount Gretna, a small village in the southern part of the county, is
home to an annual Arts Festival in August that rivals many festivals nationwide.
It is also home to the Gretna Theatre, an open air facility known for its
excellent summer schedule of music and theatrical events. Neighboring Hershey offers one of the
nation's finest theme parks, beautiful hotels more golf and one of the most
beautiful community theaters in the country. Hershey attracts many nationally
and internationally renowned touring acts.
Lebanon is a short drive
from Harrisburg, the state capital, and just west of Reading. Reading is known
for its many shopping outlets. Lancaster, to the south, is famous for the Amish
farms and has developed an active tourism trade. Several major interstate
highways intersect the county and provide easy access to many regional markets.
The following are driving distances to surrounding cities:
- Baltimore - 102
- Hershey - 15 miles
- Harrisburg -25
- Lancaster - 25
- New York -150 miles
- Philadelphia - 85
- Reading - 25 miles
- Washington DC - 152
The Lebanon Valley provides
a quiet, clean lifestyle that is attractive to many. People here enjoy a good
quality of life, lots of recreational and cultural opportunities and a pace that
makes it easy to live, work, and become involved in the community.