History & Architecture

Spend a historic day touring the Lebanon Valley. From gothic architecture to one of the oldest transportation tunnels in the U.S. to the renowned Cornwall iron furnace, there are many sites to see. Lebanon County has a rich history and beautiful architecture to show for it. When you visit the Lebanon Valley, you will find Victorian Gothic style buildings and original 18th century colonial buildings that tell a unique story.
Download our self-guided Downtown Lebanon architecture tour and the History & Heritage Itinerary for your visit.

Chestnut Street Log House

Chestnut Street Log House is a historic home located in Lebanon, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania. It was built around 1772, and is a 1 1/2-story, rectangular log residence on a limestone foundation. It is believed to have been raised 1 1/2-feet about 1850, and according to National Register of Historic Places records was restored to its […]

Cornwall Iron Furnace

Cornwall, PA – It is difficult to imagine that this quiet cluster of beautiful buildings nestled in the rolling hills of Lebanon County was once the home of a fire-breathing blast furnace with an insatiable appetite for rocks and wood!

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Fort Indiantown Gap

Annville, PA - The elaborate Pennsylvania Veterans’ Memorial is the largest monument in VA’s National cemeteries. The combination open-air space and building stands 107 feet high and 360 feet long. Its design evokes "the ruins of a war-torn building centered in a land of solemnity."

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Franklin House

Schaefferstown, PA – Enjoy great food, great service and a wonderful atmosphere in a historic building. Stop by the tavern or one of the beautifully decorated dining rooms, which are available for banquets or private parties.

Gretna Theatre

Mt. Gretna, PA - This historic theater is one of America's oldest summer theatres and has been operating at the Mount Gretna Playhouse since 1927.

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Harper’s Tavern

Annville, PA – Harper’s Tavern offers casual dining with a touch of history to great food for an unmatched combination.

Historic Schaefferstown

Historic Schaefferstown provides information through educational programs for adults and children, tours of its buildings and collections, festivals and special events, and publications of research and promotional materials. Museums Alexander Schaeffer HouseSet on the scenic 85-acre farm south of the village, the site hosts living history cultural events and educational tours. The mid-18th-century Schaeffer House […]
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Lebanon Farmers Market

Lebanon, PA – A 30,000 square foot historically restored facility occupying nearly one-half the block. 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!

Light’s Fort

The Tract of land on  which Light’s Fort was built, in 1742, was situated on a branch of the  Quittapahilla Creek in Lancaster County (now Lebanon County) at 11th and  Maple Streets. It contained 274 acres including an allowance of 6% for  roads together with woods, water courses, etc.

Monroe Valley Chapel

The Monroe Valley Chapel is a student-renovated historical place of worship erected between 1760 and 1800 in Swatara Township, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania

Mt. Gretna Area Historical Society

Mt. Gretna, PA - The Society is charged with preserving the heritage of the entire Mount Gretna area

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PA National Guard Military Museum

Annville, PA – The Pennsylvania National Guard Military Museum showcases items and weapons from the Civil War to the Gulf War, as well as items that depict the history of the Pennsylvania National Guard and Fort Indiantown Gap.

The Lebanon County Historical Society

Lebanon, PA – The Lebanon County Historical Society was organized in 1898 by a group of interested local citizens and amateur historians. The Society was considered the county’s attic until 1935, when the group offered its first public exhibits. Today, the LCHS is a place where residents and visitors alike can experience our history first-hand, as well as conduct their own historical research and have access to related gifts and souvenirs. The LCHS is truly one of Lebanon County’s hidden gems.

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Union Canal Tunnel Park

Lebanon, PA – Situated on 109 acres of meadows and woods, you will find the oldest existing transportation tunnel in the U.S - The Union Canal. The Tunnel was completed in 1827 and today is a treasured National Historic Landmark.

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We invite you on a 1.4-mile loop featuring some of the architectural treasures throughout the historic downtown Lebanon. Our 2019 Architectural Guide features the following stops:

  1. Samler Building | 802 Cumberland St.
  2. Mann Building | 815 Cumberland St.
  3. Salem Lutheran Church | 119 N. 8th St.
  4. Cornwall and Lebanon Railroad Station | 161 N. 8th St.
  5. Reading Railroad Station | 250 N. 8th St.
  6. Mansion on 5th | 5th & Cumberland Sts. SE Corner
  7. St. Luke’s Episcopal Church | 6th & Chestnut Sts. NE Corner3
  8. Lebanon Farmer’s Market & Visitor’s Center | 35 S. 8th St.

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