Introduction to Lebanon, Pennsylvania
Lebanon, Pennsylvania, in Lebanon county, is 21 miles N of Lancaster, Pennsylvania (center to center) and 71 miles W of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The city, which is part of the Harrisburg - Lebanon - Carlisle metropolitan statistical area (MSA), has about 24,461 residents.
The City of Lebanon was founded by George Steitz, in 1740, and was originally known as Steitztown. The town was established in 1753, and was incorporated as a borough on February 20, 1821. It was later incorporated as a city on November 25, 1885. It was named after the cedar trees which grow in the region. It was in Lebanon that Lebanon bologna, a type of smoked, fermented, semi-dry sausage, was made for the first time.
Lebanon and Nearby Attractions
- Swatara State Park
- Conrad Weiser Homestead
- Hershey's Chocolate World
- Indian Echo Caverns
- Memorial Lake State Park
- Stoy Museum
Things To Do In Lebanon
The museums near Lebanon include Ephrata Cloister, Heritage Map Museum, Landis Valley Museum, and Hershey Museum. Conrad Weiser Homestead, Cornwall Iron Furnace and Milton S. Hershey Mansion are some of the historical sites nearby. Several parks are also located in the area like Gifford Pinchot State Park, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, and Memorial Lake State Park. Other attractions include Hershey's Chocolate World, HersheyPark, and Indian Echo Caverns.
Harrisburg International Airport is located nearby.
Lebanon Higher Education
Harrisburg Area Community College-Lebanon is the local college. Other colleges nearby include Elizabethtown College, Lebanon Valley College, and Penn State Harrisburg.