Mention Lebanon, PA and the hardwood smoked semi-dry sausage that originated with the Pennsylvania Dutch known as “Lebanon Bologna” immediately comes to mind. Still manufactured by smoking a special blend of beef over low heat, the aroma of the hardwood fires can even now be detected in Lebanon, Palmyra, and Myerstown.
Lebanon, PA was founded some 50 years before the Declaration of Independence was signed, and the rich history of the area remains prevalent today. Lebanon County is home to the oldest canal tunnel in the United States, the Union Canal, as well as Cornwall, PA Iron Furnace that started operation in 1742 and produced cannon balls in support of our army during the Revolutionary War.
Rich history abounds everywhere. A must visit is the shopping experience available at the restored 1800’s era farmers market. It is here one can sample that famous Lebanon Bologna, local produce, Wertz candies manufactured just around the corner, or Shuey’s handmade brick-oven baked pretzels. Shuey’s sells out of their daily production every day…they must be good!
Other area attractions include Mt Gretna, an art community in the south mountains that is well known for its summer activities centered around music, theatre, and the arts. In addition, you’ll find a 14 mile Rails to Trails recreation path, Fort Indiantown Gap (home to PA National Guard and one of this country’s National Cemeteries), Annville (a historic college town home to Lebanon Valley College), and plenty of other nooks and crannies to explore.
Located centrally to Harrisburg, Lancaster, and Reading with easy access via the Pennsylvania Turnpike or Interstate 81, it’s easy to understand why picturesque Lebanon, PA is the jewel in the crown of Central Pennsylvania.
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