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A Great Place to Visit

A Great Place to Visit

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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.

Lebanon Tourism

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.

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.

Lebanon Dining

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.

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