The Historic Neighborhood of Lebanon, PA

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The sexual assault lawyers in Lebanon, PA, at Abuse Guardian have shared the following information on the area's history. 


The county seat of Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, is the town of Lebanon. It is located 26 miles east of Harrisburg and west of Reading by 29 miles. The city is the 31st largest in the state and is situated in the southeast region. The main roadways include Walnut Street, Benjamin Franklin Highway, and Maple Street. 


Early inhabitants included the Native American people:

  • Shawnee
  • Susquehannock
  • Gawanese
  • Lenape - also known as Delaware Indians
  • Nanticoke 

Lebanon is thought to have gotten its name from the Middle Eastern nation but has not been confirmed. The first European settlers came in 1720. The town borders were set in 1753, and it was officially incorporated as a borough in 1821 and a city in 1885. 

Historical Landmarks

The Lebanon Station, now the Cornwall & Lebanon Railroad Station, was built in 1885 and designed by George Watson Hewitt. Hewitt was a member of the well-known architectural firm, G. W. & W. D. Hewitt, founded in 1878. They specialized in churches, hotels, and mansions. The station was designed based on Victorian style with other 17th century influences. The building currently serves as the location for Strickler Insurance Agency but can be individually toured during the day. 

Another historic building is the Chestnut Street Log House, located on Chestnut Street. The log home was built in 1772 and is one and a half stories. It was restored to its former era and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. 


The median household income was $27,259 in 2010. Approximately 9.81% of the residents have a bachelor's degree. The occupational breakdown of the workforce is the following:

  • 10.69% office and administrative support roles
  • 8.86% foodservice industry positions
  • 8.35% sales and service occupations

Some of the schools that the residents attend include the following:

  • Harding Elementary School - Chestnut Street
  • Lebanon Middle School - North 8th Street
  • Lebanon High School - South 8th Street
  • Lebanon Christian Academy - Academy Drive

The area is home to many beautiful parks that offer many amenities to the neighborhood, such as:

  • Coleman Memorial Park 
  • Monument Park 
  • Fisher Veterans' Memorial Park 


The city's population was 25,477 in 2010, an increase of 4.2% from 2000. In 2000 the population was 24,461 and consisted of 10,266 households and 6,056 families. The racial makeup of the neighborhood is the following:

  • 74.1% white 
  • 5.9% African American
  • 32.1% Hispanic or Latino
  • 1.1% Asian
  • 0.5% Native American
  • 3.2% two or more races

Some common ancestries the residents identify with are the following: 

  • German 
  • Irish 
  • Italian
  • Pennsylvania German
  • English

For more educational reading about the neighboring area: Getting to Know the Dutch Heritage of Lancaster, PA 

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