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Notable Historic Stories and Articles about
Lebanon County, Pennsylvania

Enjoy this growing list of interesting articles about the amazing history of Lebanon County.

(The articles are sorted under the following categories.)

Buildings and Infrastructure  -  Business  -  Culture and Craftmanship

Entertainment  -  Geography and Weather  -  Interesting Places

Military and Wars  -  People  -  Sports  -  Transportation

Buildings and Infrastructure

Buildings and Infrastructure

19th century Cornwall Iron Furnace steam engine gets needed overhaul

110 years since the Lebanon Court House burned

A beginner’s guide to the barn architecture of Lebanon County

A Blast From The Past: Cornwall Iron Furnace

A peek back at Lebanon’s once-elegant Colonial Theater (1923-2000)

The Restoration of Cornwall’s Historic Alden Villa Mansion

A long-lost Colebrook church and the American saint who founded it

A look at the historic cottages of Mt. Gretna - (a Photo Story)

A salute to the Samler Building, Lebanon’s downtown icon

Boyer / Weaver Mansion: Do you remember the mansion on Maple Street?


Chestnut Street Log House, Lebanon, PA - (a Photo Story)

Colebrook Mill deemed “At Risk” by PA preservation nonprofit

Comfort Station in Downtown Lebanon was a good place to go

Cornwall Manor’s Buckingham Mansion: An Elegant Estate Spanning 258 Years of Lebanon County History

Donaghmore Mansion and the historic Patch estate - ​on the Lebanon Catholic school property

Heinrich Zeller House (Fort Zeller): Lebanon County’s secluded historical treasure

Historic Annville mill in need of buyer to maintain “longest operating” status

Historic Schaefferstown seeking state grant for Schaeffer House fireplace restoration

Historic society holds walking tour of “at risk” Colebrook Mill

Is the Lebanon Farmers Market, built on the site of a 19th-century prison and gallows, haunted?

Isaac Meier Homestead: "The Old Fort" of Myerstown

John Immel House: A Lost and Forgotten Lebanon County Landmark

Key Drive-In—Lebanon’s drive-in theater: ​Through the decades

Krall Barn to add new element at Union Canal Tunnel park, funding still needed

LCBC plans to open a renovated Tabor Church as its 14th campus on April 7th


Lebanon County Courthouse: Remembering Lebanon’s most iconic landmark

Let’s take a look at Lebanon’s historic Philadelphia & Reading Railroad Station

Light’s Fort a poster child for need of local historical preservation

Local entrepreneur uncovering history of home to some of Lebanon’s finest

Memories are all that remains of Mount Gretna’s Million Gallon Pool

Northwest Elementary School served many in its 42-year history

Once at risk, the Cornwall & Lebanon Railroad Station is a historic gem

Palmyra UCC celebrates 125 years

Pennsylvania Alcatraz”: The maximum security prison planned for Mt. Gretna

Red heads, blue eyes: The literary connections of Lebanon’s new public house

Reflecting on the Gingrich Memorial Pool, pt. 1: Early history & design

Reflecting on the Gingrich Memorial Pool, Pt. 2: Work & play

Remembering Lebanon's First Modern City Hall Building (1873-1963)

Schaefferstown boasts oldest gravitational conveyance pipe system in the United States

The Colebrook Furnace ghost story

The Colonial Theater - Gone but not forgotten

The former Eagle Hotel/Hotel Weimer was once a symbol of luxury in Lebanon

The Mann Building has stayed true to its historic purpose as a business hub

The one-room schoolhouses that once made up rural education in Lebanon County

The sad story of the six-level “Tower House” that once stood atop Mt. Gretna’s Governor Dick

Where was the Good Samaritan Hospital’s first site in Lebanon?

Weigley Mansion: Lebanon County's Most Magnificiant Historic House

Culture and Craftmanship

Culture and Craftmanship

100 years ago, Lebanon grappled with a very different pandemic—the Spanish flu

20 years later, local historian discovers personal connection to Lebanon Regiment

Custom-made grandfather clock brings Lebanon County history to life

Flying over the Lebanon County of decades past

How a Christmastime brawl in Myerstown ended up catching the attention of a few Pennsylvanian Founding Fathers

How Lebanon County has celebrated Halloween across the generations

In Search of Lebanon County’s African-American Heritage

Local historian Bruce Bomberger on documenting the history of today

Need a holiday read? Clive Cussler’s 2007 ‘Navigator’ has climatic ending in rumored northern Lebanon County gold mine

Lebanon County: Small in Size – Rich in Heritage

Lebanon County’s sweet, delicious, and cool ice cream history

Lebanon Daily News photos, memorabilia donated to Lebanon County Historical Society

Lebanon’s lost “Little Hollywood” sector and the Lebanon County Housing Authority

Lebanon native helped design Starship Enterprise

Lebanon’s most amazing geological feature, next to a long-forgotten resort in Cold Springs


Lebanon’s nightly playground dances of the 1950s-1970s

Moravian Settlement, Bethel Township, Lebanon County

One On One ... Lebanon County Historical Society Founded 1898 - Discussions About Local History - November  1982

Pennsylvania Dutch themed Christmas Cards

Recounting Lebanon County’s brief UFO frenzy of the 1960s

Revealing the Unique History of Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, Clockmakers

Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church recognized as Lutheran nexus

Salem Lutheran’s past holds many lessons on history of religion in county

St. John’s Episcopal Church in news has Lebanon County ties

Tabor Day and the incredible journey of a Lebanon church

The historical ties connecting the Pennsylvania State Police to Lebanon County

The history of Lebanon’s Bologna Drop

The Legend or Haunting of the Hounds of Colebrook Furnace: Lebanon County, PA

The Meaning of St. Valentine’s Day, from the Daily News in 1914

The Paxton Boys, an early case of viral fake news witnessed from Lebanon’s Hebron Moravian Church

The true crime story that made Lebanon famous around the world: The Blue-Eyed Six, plotters of a murder 140 years ago

This is your chance to add to the list of Pennsylvania Historical Markers in Lebanon County

This Presidents’ Day, remembering Lebanon’s links to our country’s highest elected office

Throwing corn kernels (aka “tic-tacking”) is a long-time Mischief Night tradition for our region

Wish you were here: Lebanon County postcards of decades past

What’s in a name? The story behind every municipality name in Lebanon County

Your guide to the long-abandoned underground passages of Lebanon, PA

Interesting Places
Military and Wars



Aaron McCord, Lebanon's Chief of Police, Murdered in the Line of Duty in 1890


Ann Coleman and James Buchanan (15th President of the United States)


Bible of the Eisenhauer family – ancestors of President Eisenhower – is undergoing conservation

Charles D. Marquette - Lebanon County's Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient

Cleona’s Lorraine Koons embraced ‘Rosie The Riveter’s’ call to wartime service

Clothes salesman, civic leader, Boy Scout patron: the life of John Sherman Bashore

Pushnik brothers and how they established some of Lebanon’s favorite diners

Former Lebanon reporter, Les Stewart, still unsettled by Palmyra slaying, 25 years after trial

In remembrance of George Rentz, a Lebanon-born pastor who sacrificed himself for his men in World War II

James Buchanan: Life Before the Presidency (a Lebanon County Connection)

Lindley Murray, the Harper Tavern native who left behind an educational legacy in Lebanon and beyond

Luther Harpel - Lebanon's Pioneering Photographer

Matchbook mix-up: a Lebanon genius, Charles Bowman, is finally getting credit for his invention

More than 50 years later, unsolved Peggy Reber murder still haunts Lebanon

Past Calling: The man with the umbrella

Paxton Boys incident that disturbed colonial Lebanon to be told in comic book form thanks to $300k grant

Sarah Tyson Rorer, the pioneering dietician who moved to Colebrook

Remembering Tim Stine on the anniversary of the 1990 HACC fire in downtown Lebanon

The life and legend of Joseph Johns, escaped slave and Union Township mountain man

William L. Saylor: A Lebanon County Civil War Legend

Who was Henry Houck, the beloved ‘Apostle of Sunshine’?

The Zeller Family Legacy

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