Manheim was founded in 1760 by Henrich Wilhelm Stiegel, who reportedly named the town for the area of Germany where he group up and envisioned it to be an industrial town. With this goal in mind, Stiegel built the American Flint Glass Manufactory. Although it produced the Stiegel glass that is still a highly-prized collectible today, the factory failed in 1774. Stiegel suffered this and many other financial losses before dying, but he had planted seeds of schools and businesses that bolstered a growing culture in Manheim.
Between 1800 and the end of the Civil War, Manheim flourished as an industrial center, supporting business that sold bricks, hats and grandfather clocks, as well as tanners, potters, blacksmiths and wagon shops. The Columbia and Reading Railroad came to town in 1862 and opened the door to reliable transportation routes for manufactured goods, spurring a boost in the economy. Manheim's industrial base was seriously affected by the Depression in the 1930s, but it remains a trading center for farmers along well-traveled Route 72.
Manheim's history is still evident in the town today, with examples of early log cabins lining its streets, as well as buildings displaying the late Victorian and early 20th century styles. The town is home to quaint B&Bs and modern hotels, cozy neighborhood restaurants and a picturesque town square that hosts events throughout the year. Plus, attractions on the outskirts of town are favorites for all ages, and the surrounding northwestern Lancaster County area is a treasure in and of itself. Explore the countryside using our Historic Rivertowns and Western Villages trail, which weaves through towns, farmland and covered bridges.
Manheim Chamber of Commerce
Manheim Downtown Development
What To Do
Amish Farm and House|
See a charming, Pennsylvania Dutch farm in operation, complete with farm animals and fowl. Learn about the Old Order Amish.
Where To Stay
1786 The Limestone Inn|
A bed and breakfast in a 200 year old house in the heart of historic Strasburg.
Where To Eat
Springerle House Cookie & Tea Café|
German tea and cookie cafe. Specializing in the traditional German "picture cookies," locally-made folk-art ornaments, cookie molds and teas.
Where To Shop
Bird-in-Hand Old Village Store and Antique Market
This old country store features 40 antique dealers, Lancaster County produce and Amish made crafts, food items and more!