History & Culture
Myerstown, PA – The Isaac Meier Homestead is a large limestone dwelling located along route 501 in Myerstown. Originally built by Valentine Herckelrod in 1738, it was purchased by his son-in-law, Isaac Meier, in 1757. What Meier did architecturally to the house is a prime significance for understanding the history and development of material culture in 18th century Pennsylvania. The eastern part of the house remains Germanic in detail but the western half is composed of parlors, bedrooms and a central hall all of which exhibit an English Georgian influence inspired buy Palladian architecture. The Meier Homestead is being preserved for appreciation of local heritage.
Informational tours of this historic property are given on the Second Saturday of each month, April through October, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. with the exception of September.
Annville, PA – The Pennsylvania National Guard Military Museum is located on Service Road at Fort Indiantown Gap in a two-story barracks built in 1941. It 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 Our Lady of Victory Chapel was moved in the fall of 2012 to the Museum site. Also known also as the 109th Infantry Regimental Chapel, began life as a one room school and was converted into a Catholic Chapel in the early 40s. Open Mondays and Fridays, 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Directions: Rte 934 to stop light, turn right onto Service Road. Museum on right past Wiley Road.
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.
Lebanon, PA – Constructed in 1773 as a home for Dr. William Henry Stoy and later serving as Lebanon County’s first courthouse, the museum’s exhibits include fine examples of everyday living from the 19th and 20th Century: a pharmacy, general store, parlor, toy shop, ladies’ fashions and more. Guided tours only; it is requested that groups of more than 6 schedule their tours in advance. A typical tour lasts about 1 1/2-hours.