Schaefferstown is on its way to becoming the latest Lebanon County addition to the National Register of Historic Places.

The Schaefferstown Historic District, if approved by a state review board and then by the National Parks Service, would join a handful of existing county locales already on the National Register as historic districts, including Annville and Mount Gretna.

The Schaefferstown Historic District is approximately bounded by Route 501, Oak and Locust streets, Prospect Hill Drive, Sheep Hill Road, Fountain Park, and the Schaeffer Farm.

Getting listed on the National Register of Historic Places does not entail any restrictions to property owners or local governments.

Schaefferstown is one of the oldest settlements in Lebanon County.

Read More:

Local historian and Historic Schaefferstown Inc. volunteer Diane Wenger said the nomination process began in the late 1970s when the PA Historical & Museum Commission approached local Schaefferstown residents about a survey of historic properties in the area. The commission suggested then that the town itself might be eligible for the National Register.

Wenger said that the idea took root, but the project ended up being delayed for various reasons until recently.

Wenger said that PHMC will host a virtual meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28, to share details about the process. For the meeting link, email Wenger at

The Schaefferstown Historic District will be considered by the Pennsylvania State Review Board at a meeting on Oct. 11.

Questions about this story? Suggestions for a future LebTown article? Reach our newsroom using this contact form and we’ll do our best to get back to you.

Do you want to see more from LebTown?

Support local news. Cancel anytime.

Already a member? Login here

Free news isn’t cheap. If you value the journalism LebTown provides to the community, then help us make it sustainable by becoming a champion of local news. You can unlock additional coverage for the community by supporting our work with a one-time contribution, or joining as a monthly or annual member. You can cancel anytime.