2 The Lebanon Valley, located in south central Pennsylvania, 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. 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 Health System 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) 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. Welcome to the Lebanon Valley!
3 Lebanon The City of Lebanon is the county s designated seat of government. Lebanon has retained its smalltown charm, while at the same time ensuring that residents and businesses have access to the most up-to-date services and amenities. The city is recognized as one of the country s Best Green Cities and Emerging Metropolitan Areas by Sperling s Best Places to Live rankings. Myerstown Myerstown is a friendly, rural community that successfully blends the old and new. More than 3,100 people currently reside here, including a significant Mennonite and Amish population. While agriculture remains a major industry in this community, it also hosts a number of large businesses and manufacturers. Annville-Cleona While both Annville and Cleona have seen growth over the years, the communities have maintained their charming hometown atmospheres. The area is home to a number of unique shops and the beautiful Lebanon Valley College campus. Palmyra Palmyra, which completed its 250th Anniversary celebration in 2010, is a community of about 7,000 people. Palmyra s location between Lebanon and Hershey has contributed to the community s economic prosperity, with several major business headquarters, including ASK Foods and the Palmyra Bologna Co. (Seltzer s Lebanon Bologna), making their home here. Jonestown/Fredericksburg Jonestown Borough and Fredericksburg are two smaller communities in the Lebanon Valley. Recreational opportunities are abundant here, as Fredericksburg hosts the Blue Mountain Golf Course and Jonestown encompasses the modern Jonestown Park. Fort Indiantown Gap Fort Indiantown Gap is a year-round U.S. National Guard Training Center that serves as
4 the headquarters for the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and the Pennsylvania Army and Air National Guard. Schaefferstown The small community of Schaefferstown is filled with historical significance and stands as one of the oldest towns in Lebanon County. The prominent influences of Pennsylvania German and Swiss cultures have been preserved through many local historic sites. Schaefferstown is also home to the celebrated Fountain Park. Mount Gretna Distinguished by its rolling, wooded landscape, the quaint community of Mount Gretna is a favorite summertime destination for many, as it offers an array of exciting events and outdoor activities. Cornwall The community of Cornwall owes its start to the establishment of the famous Cornwall Iron Furnace. While its history is rooted in industry, Cornwall has evolved into an attractive residential community of more than 3,500. NEARBY COMMUNITIES Grantville Grantville is a community in East Hanover Township that is part of neighboring Dauphin County. Grantville is home to the new Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course. Hershey Built on the sweet treat of chocolate, the community of Hershey today is a premier destination for entertainment, recreation, dining and relaxation.
5 The Lebanon Valley has a long and rich history. Not surprisingly, a number of buildings in Lebanon County are on the National Register of Historic Places, with many of these located along the Lebanon County Heritage Trail. What is now the Lebanon Valley was once part of a 1681 land grant by King Charles II of England to William Penn, from whom the State of Pennsylvania adopted its name. Before this time, Algonquin Indian Tribes occupied the land. Pennsylvania was a desirable escape for Europeans it was described as an oasis of religious sovereignty and inexpensive land. Prior to 1720, its inhabitants were of Scotch-Irish descent. The area was first settled in 1723, and by 1729 the area s predominant settlers were German. The years surrounding the French-Indian War were especially brutal for the Lebanon Valley. Forts were constructed in an attempt to stop Indian attacks, but regardless, they continued until The Revolutionary War was another significant event in the history of the Lebanon Valley British and Hessian prisoners were held captive in the region and worked for the Cornwall Furnace, making cannons and munitions for the Continental Army. By 1790, a new group of people was emerging from the Lebanon Valley. Middle-class German settlers who immigrated to the Valley for the purposes of religious freedom became known as the Pennsylvania Dutch. This group included the Mennonites, the Dunkers, the German Reformed, the Lutherans and the Moravians, and had a very large influence on the way the Lebanon Valley functions today as far as industry, farming and religion are concerned. Lebanon County was formed in Lebanon, the county seat, received its charter as a borough in 1821 and as a city in 1885.
6 Of great significance in the Lebanon Valley s history was the construction of several transportation systems. Construction of the famous Union Canal began in 1821 and connected the Schuylkill River with the Susquehanna River. In 1827, the first tunnel built in the United States for canal passage through a mountain was built in Lebanon County. The Union Canal Tunnel is the oldest existing tunnel in the United States and is still a notable landmark today, drawing a large number of visitors each year. The introduction of rail travel was also a significant development for the Valley. The Lebanon Valley Railroad was completed in 1857 and was later taken over by the Reading Railroad. Additional lines were constructed throughout the years, making the exporting and importing of goods to and from other areas possible. The Lebanon Valley began to cement its reputation as a strong business and commercial center a hat it still proudly wears today.
7 The Lebanon Valley is nestled in the pastoral surroundings of south central Pennsylvania. 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. Commuter rail service is available via Amtrak s Keystone Service, which picks up passengers at nearby Lancaster and Harrisburg and stops in Philadelphia and New York City. The largest provider of freight rail service in the county is Norfolk Southern Corporation, which many area firms use for the receipt of raw materials and the shipment of finished products. Lebanon Transit provides fixed bus route service throughout Lebanon County six days a week. Its buses are wheelchair accessible, and additional routes to Hershey and Hershey Medical Center are also available. Lebanon Transit also has a shared ride (para transit) program, which offers curb-to-curb van service anywhere within Lebanon County. Less than 30 miles away, Harrisburg International Airport is home to seven major airlines Air Canada, AirTran Airways, American Eagle, Continental, Delta, United and U.S. Airways with nonstop service to 13 destinations. A variety of amenities are available such as easy parking, car rental agencies and an array of food and beverage options. Connections to hundreds of domestic and international destinations are also readily available through Philadelphia International and Baltimore-Washington International Airports, which are both less than two hours from Lebanon County. Nearby private airstrips are available to serve corporate aircraft. Businesses
8 looking to ship goods benefit from the area s proximity to the ports of Philadelphia, Baltimore and New York.
9 The housing market in the Lebanon Valley offers something for everyone. With a history dating back before the Colonial times, the Valley s numerous historic homes comprise a coveted, historic focal point for the community. The Lebanon Valley offers an array of housing options ranging from generous tree-lined streets, townhomes with wooded lots and fenced yards, executive-style homes and apartment complexes. There are also communities geared toward adults aged 55 and over. In 2009, the median value for detached, single-family homes in Lebanon County was an affordable $149,500 and the vast majority of the county s homes lie in the value range of $50,000 $300,000, with about 2.5 percent of the population living in homes worth $500,000 or more. The Valley truly has the feeling of home. In 2004, Sperling s BestPlaces.net awarded the City of Lebanon the title of Least Stressful City in the U.S. Its survey found short average commute times, low unemployment and low divorce rates as contributing factors to the overall sense of contentment and relaxation enjoyed by Lebanon County residents. Source: U.S. Census Bureau 2009 estimates
10 The Lebanon Valley is a great location to do business. Within a 500-mile radius of the Valley lies 45 percent of the U.S. population, 60 percent of the Canadian population, four of the nine major U.S. markets, 41 percent of domestic trade service industries and 45 percent of U.S. manufacturers. This prime location serves as a strong incentive for businesses to take root in the Valley. The area boasts moderate real estate taxes and affordable industrial and commercial land. Funding and incentives such as tax-exempt industrial revenue bonds, workforce training grants and infrastructure programs are available to employers. Among the prominent and growing business sectors in the Lebanon Valley are food processing, manufacturing, pharmaceutical-related firms, warehousing and distribution companies and service industries. Nearly 5,000 businesses call the Lebanon Valley area home, with large national companies existing side-byside with locally owned businesses. The Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce represents a business melting pot with its membership comprised of a variety of types and sizes of businesses from all areas of the Lebanon Valley. The Chamber provides legislative representation, business training programs, networking opportunities, business assistance services and group benefit programs to its more than 800 member employers. AGRICULTURE Since its humble Germanic beginnings in the 1700s, the Lebanon Valley has been noted for its rich agricultural land. Agriculture remains one of the county s largest industries, made possible by the 45 percent of its land devoted to agriculture.
11 INDUSTRY & MANUFACTURING The Lebanon Valley is home base to a diversity of industries. One rapidly growing sector is bioscience manufacturing, which benefits from the Valley s access to research, capital and markets. Additionally, a wide variety of bioscience manufacturing grants, loans and other assistance programs can be accessed to support growing companies. Among the bioscience-related businesses enjoying the advantages of calling Lebanon Valley its home is Bayer Healthcare.Food processing and production corporations have found the Lebanon Valley to be an ideal location as well. Besides easy access to many modes of transportation, the Lebanon Valley offers many services to food processing companies such as hiring and training resources, universitybased food service research and much more. Among the noted area firms in the food processing sector are ASK Foods, Inc., BC Natural Chicken, LLC, the Hershey Company, Ingretec, Ltd., Kutztown/Weaver s Bologna, Mark Hershey Farms, Inc., Murry s, Inc., Palmyra Bologna Company, Inc. and Swiss Premium Dairy.
12 Along with the Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce, the Lebanon Valley Economic Development Corporation (LVEDC) works to help grow the area s business and industrial base. The mission of this nonprofit economic development organization is to create and to stimulate a local economy which provides gainful employment and business investment opportunities not only for the current generation but for generations to come. The Lebanon Valley s location is advantageous for business and industry, as evidenced by its ideal location near several major American and Canadian marketplaces. For this reason, four major business parks in the Lebanon Valley are ready to serve your business and industrial needs. The Lebanon Valley Business Park (LVBP) covers 240 acres and is zoned for industrial use, with both large and small lots available. The Lebanon Rails Business Park is a 130-acre rail-served business park and is also zoned for industrial use. Hawk Acre Enterprise Place is a 120-acre, sub-dividable site that lies adjacent to the LVBP. Lastly, the Clear Spring Business Park is approximately 450 acres and offers variable lot sizes between 5 and 75 acres. Its permitted use includes light industrial, manufacturing, fabricating, processing, packaging and warehousing. All four parks are served by affordable utility systems, and each boasts easy access to the Northeast U.S. Corridor via I-76, I-81 and I-78.
13 The Lebanon Valley is also known for its commitment to the fine arts. Opportunities are abundant for the enjoyment and appreciation of art of all kinds. The Lebanon Valley Council of the Arts supports all areas of art sculpture, painting, crafts, dance, film, music, theater, writing and more and promotes a greater appreciation of the arts. The council offers art classes, exhibits and performances. You can visit for up-to-date information about classes and events. The Gretna Theatre is a professional summer stock company that has been producing live theatre since Performances range from tribute shows to dramatic plays. The Lebanon Community Theatre is a year-round live performing arts theatre also presenting a great diversity of musicals, comedies and dramas. The Timbers Dinner Theatre provides a combination of two great things: food and entertainment. They boast a family restaurant, a banquet hall and musical theatre performances. Summer dinner theatre is presented Tuesday through Saturday evenings, Wednesday and select Saturday matinees from July through August. Music at Gretna and Music from Gretna at Elizabethtown College presents indoor and outdoor concerts of classical music and jazz along with educational and special events. Their mission is to provide a broad range of excellent classical music and jazz with an emphasis on communication between musicians and audience. They have been one of Pennsylvania s finest arts organizations for the last 32 years and feature quality professional musicians from throughout the country. Lebanon Valley College provides a complete schedule of music presentations for the community, presenting
14 about 100 performances annually both on-campus and on-tour by groups as varied as the Concert Choir, Jazz Band and Percussion Ensemble. A full complement of sporting events is available as well. Baseball, basketball, football, field hockey and soccer are some of the many athletic-related opportunities available for participants and spectators alike through the college.
15 Education resources are rich and abundant in the Lebanon Valley. Traditional students and adult learners alike can find a school and program to more than meet their needs. Founded in 1866, Lebanon Valley College (LVC) is situated on 340 acres in Annville and boasts a tight-knit, family-like atmosphere with approximately 1,600 full-time undergraduate students, 160 part-time undergraduate students, 120 graduate students and 99 full-time faculty members. LVC has been academically ranked by U.S. News & World Report s annual America s Best Colleges issue as number one in the north in the Great Schools, Great Prices category among Best Baccalaureate Colleges. Even better, 68 percent of LVC students graduate in four years, which far surpasses the average Pennsylvania four-year graduation rate of 49 percent. Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC) s Lebanon campus is located in downtown Lebanon and offers affordable and high-quality learning experiences. A variety of certificate and degree programs are available, and HACC also has partnerships with a number of four-year schools, making it an attractive choice for traditional students looking to transfer to a four-year university, and working adults and students seeking certifications. Numerous other prestigious colleges and universities are within an easy drive of the Lebanon Valley. These include Franklin and Marshall College, Elizabethtown College, York College of Pennsylvania, Dickinson College and Millersville University. The Lebanon Valley s younger students are also in capable hands. Public and private K 12 districts in the Lebanon Valley include:
16 Annville-Cleona School District Cornwall-Lebanon School District Elco School District Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit # Lebanon Catholic School Lebanon County Career and Technology Center Lebanon School District Northern Lebanon School District Palmyra Area School District The Lebanon County Career and Technology Center has programs for both high school students and adults. A licensed practical nursing program is offered as well as Tech Prep and School-to-Careers programs, which are designed to give students a head start toward college and careers. Training in a wide range of skills is provided, and staff work with local employers to develop programs to fill specific employment needs. Lebanon County is also home to over 30 daycare centers and 16 group daycare facilities.
17 The Lebanon Valley has unending access to the crisp, clean Pennsylvania air that makes outdoor recreation so inviting. Parks, outdoor recreational facilities, golf courses and lakes are just some of the leisure-time amenities and facilities available in the Valley. A variety of parks dot the community, each with a diversity of features. Baseball diamonds, soccer fields, playgrounds, hiking, biking and horseback riding trails, pools, tennis courts, volleyball courts, picnic areas, basketball courts, boat ramps, fishing areas and much more are available for relaxation and enjoyment. More than a dozen golf courses are located in Lebanon County. 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. Among these courses are Fairview Golf Course, Iron Valley Golf Club, Lebanon Valley Golf Club and Pine Meadows Golf Complex. The Lebanon Valley Family YMCA, which is one of the oldest YMCAs in the United States, offers an assortment of programs for all ages. With two facilities, the YMCA boasts three gymnasiums, two pools, two fitness centers, two racquetball courts, a skate park, a sauna and a hot tub. The Lebanon Valley Expo Center was originally created to have a permanent site for 4-H fair and FFA activities. Today, many agricultural events still take place at the fairgrounds. However, throughout the years, more non-agricultural groups have begun using the site for sales, auctions, product displays, banquets, meetings and consumer shows. With plenty of indoor and outdoor space and facilities, many varied events are held at the Expo Center year-round. Visit for the current event schedule. Swatara State Park consists of 3,515 acres and offers numerous outdoor recreational amenities, as well as
18 hiking opportunities on the Appalachian Trail. Outdoor lovers will also appreciate the Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area and its more than 5,000 acres that provide a habitat for many species of wildlife. Mount Gretna Lake and Beach is a family-owned-and-operated swimming and recreation facility open to the public during the summer months for a daily fee. The area is open every day for swimming, paddle boating and picnics, with individual, family and group admission fees available. The site s eight acres of beach, recreation lawn and picnic grove are adjacent to mountain stream-fed Lake Conewago, located four miles south of Lebanon and just 4.5 miles off the PA Turnpike at Exit 266.
19 The Lebanon Valley is home to numerous superior healthcare facilities. Hospitals, private practices, specialty centers, in-home healthcare and senior living residences are just a few of the many health services available in the Lebanon Valley. The Good Samaritan Health System has been serving the Lebanon County community since It is a nonsectarian, not-for-profit community hospital whose mission is to be the choice for high-quality, innovative services that improves the overall health of the community. Departments and services include cardiology, maternity, laboratory services, radiology and rehabilitation (which includes inpatient and outpatient physical therapy, cardiac rehabilitation, occupational therapy, audiology, speech/language pathology and pulmonary rehab). The Lebanon VA Medical Center provides comprehensive, quality healthcare to veterans in the region. With a main campus in Lebanon and several community-based clinics located throughout the region, assistance is given to veterans throughout 13 counties in south central Pennsylvania. Programs offered include primary care, acute care, specialty services, behavioral care, extended care, rehabilitation services and home and community care. Philhaven Hospital, located in Mount Gretna, offers high-quality, cost-effective psychiatric services for children, adolescents, adults and seniors. The hospital was founded in 1952 and provides professional behavioral healthcare support in a Christian atmosphere. In addition to the above facilities, Hershey Medical Center is located within a short drive of the Lebanon Valley, and many private clinics and physicians groups are available to meet a diversity of patient needs.
20 The Lebanon Valley s beautiful and tranquil countryside, complemented by an exceptional quality of life, has helped to establish this community as an ideal location for senior living. The County values its over-60 population, which constitutes more than 20 percent of the community s total population. As in much of the country, this segment of the population continues to grow in the Lebanon Valley and in south-central Pennsylvania, spurring communities such as Lebanon County to develop high-quality senior services, programs and facilities. The Lebanon County Area Agency on Aging is a leading resource for area residents aged 60 and over. Among the various programs and services made available through the Area Agency on Aging are Eldercare-Daytime Care, Family Caregiver Support, In-Home Personal Care, Meals on Wheels and Protective Services. Plus, area seniors are also invited to participate in activities throughout the year, including day trips, fitness classes, bingo, bowling, card parties, breakfast clubs and more at one of the area s Senior Community Centers. The County operates six Senior Community Centers in the communities of Annville, Lebanon, Myerstown, Jonestown and Palmyra. A number of superior senior living communities are available to residents in the Lebanon Valley. Independent and assisted living facilities are supplemented by the availability of skilled nursing centers and memory care options. A list of Chamber member senior living communities is available by contacting the Lebanon Valley Chamber.
21 ATTRACTIONS The Lebanon Valley is filled with many historic sites, and its many area museums and historical sites celebrate this noteworthy characteristic of the community. The Lebanon County Historical Society is an ideal starting point when getting to know the Lebanon Valley. The Historical Society owns and maintains the Union Canal Tunnel, the oldest transportation tunnel in existence in the U.S., and is also home to the Stoy Museum, research archives and a gift shop. Harrisburg and Reading were once linked by the Union Canal and both the tunnel and canal are located within Union Canal Tunnel Park, a recreational area worth visiting on 25th Street and Union Canal Drive. For over 20 years, people have gathered in Union Canal Tunnel Park on the third weekend of May to celebrate Union Canal Days. Musical entertainment, canal boat rides, a silent auction, a petting zoo, Colonial crafts and much more are enjoyed each May at this event. There are historic sites located throughout the Lebanon Valley. The community s boroughs, hamlets and downtown areas are filled with their own unique features. The Mount Gretna Area Historical Society, for instance, is a focal point for the collection of historical artifacts and information on this unique area of Lebanon County. Part of the local National Historic Landmark District is the renowned Cornwall Iron Furnace. It has been recognized as such by the U.S. Department of the Interior s National Park Service. The American Society of Metals has recognized it as a National Historic Landmark, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers honored it as a National Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark.
22 The Iron Furnace s numerous accolades have not been awarded without reason: the Cornwall Iron Furnace stands today as America s most complete charcoal-fueled, iron-making complex. Visitors can tour buildings in which cannons, stoves and pig iron were cast and see where men toiled day and night to fuel the furnace. The Cornwall Iron Furnace is located on Rexmont Road at Boyd Street in Cornwall. Food enthusiasts shouldn t leave town without first paying a visit to Kutztown/Weaver s Bologna Co. and Seltzer s Smokehouse Meats, both of which are homes of the world-famous Lebanon Bologna. Other area attractions and events not to be missed include Light s Fort, Reading Railroad Station, the Chestnut Street Log Cabin, the Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course, the Lebanon Farmers Market, Hershey Park, Hershey s Chocolate World, the Stoy Museum, Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area, Swatara Water Trail, the Cold Spring Hotel site and the Cold Spring site walking tour, Governor Dick s Tower in Mount Gretna and Mount Gretna Lake. DINING & LODGING As might be expected, with so many attractions and entertainment options, the Lebanon Valley is very welcoming of visitors. Inns and bed and breakfasts can be found throughout the Valley and provide visitors with varied lodging options. Familiar motel and hotel names are also located in the area. There are a variety of lodging accommodations in the Lebanon Valley offering excellent service and prices to fit a range of budgets. Hotels, motels, lodges and bed and breakfasts host a variety of guests for a range of prices, and for the outdoors types, there are numerous campgrounds available. A few of the lodging options in the Valley include the Quality Inn and Suites at the Lantern Lodge, Hampton Inn (Manheim), Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Inn 422 and Quality Inn (Lebanon Valley), among others. Dining options are also diverse and cater to a variety of tastes, and area eateries cook up everything from American fare to ethnic cuisine and everything in between. The Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course itself houses an array of restaurants to suit all budgets. Fine dining establishments, taverns and sports bars, casual restaurants, delis and coffee shops offer scrumptious food and tasty beverages sure to please any palate. For a list of Chamber-member restaurants, visit the Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce website at www. lvchamber.org and click on Membership Directory. SHOPPING The Lebanon Valley is a place where quaint, locally-owned shops sit side-by-side nationally recognized retailers, ensuring that all of your shopping needs can be met. The Lebanon Valley Mall, which is home to over 50 national retailers and locally-owned businesses, is the only climate-controlled shopping center in Lebanon County. For those who prefer a unique, local feel, downtown Lebanon and the downtown areas of Annville, Palmyra, Myerstown and other parts of Lebanon County are home to charming shops and friendly service.
23 The people of the Lebanon Valley are committed to and accepting of a diverse array of religions. Many area churches are over a century old. In addition to offering regular services and religious education, these congregations often encourage members to volunteer in the community, creating fellowship through good works. Some of the houses of worship in the Lebanon Valley include Covenant/Pathfinder United Methodist Church, Faith Fellowship Church, Lebanon Area Evangelical Free Church, Midway Church of the Brethren, New Life Chapel, St. Luke s Episcopal Church, St. Mark s United Church of Christ, Trinity United Methodist Church and Beth Israel Synagogue.
24 Lebanon County is comprised of 26 municipalities, including several second-class townships, first-class townships, a third-class city and seven boroughs. The County is governed by three commissioners, elected to four-year terms, who serve as the legislative branch of government. Regularly scheduled meetings are held every Thursday at 9:30 a.m. in the Lebanon County-City Municipal Building in Lebanon. The City of Lebanon is the county seat and is governed by an elected mayor and a five-member City Council. City Council meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Monday of every month in the Municipal Building s City Council Chamber. An emergency response team of fire, police and personnel provide service to the Lebanon Valley communities 24 hours a day. Fire safety and prevention are just two of the many ways these departments participate in community-wide education. LEBANON COUNTY Lebanon County Commissioners Municipal Building 400 S. Eighth Street, Room 207 Lebanon, PA Phone: Website: City of Lebanon Municipal Building 400 S. Eighth Street Lebanon, PA Phone: Website: