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
Where To Shop
Bird-in-Hand Farmers Market|
Experience mouth-watering aromas and tastes, and bountiful displays presented by approximately 30 local vendors.
Where To Eat
Kitchen Kettle Village|
Village of 42 country shops and restaurants built around our nationally celebrated Jam & Relish Kitchen. Don't miss our fun food festivals celebrating everything from rhubarb to tailgating!
Where To Stay
Verdant View Farm Bed & Breakfast|
Enjoy the warmth and charm of an 1896 farmhouse. A tour of our dairy farm and a hearty full farm breakfast are part of your stay.
What To Do
Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society
A wonderful source for Pennsylvania German history, genealogy, and material culture. Includes museum exhibit, "Decorated and Plain: A Mennonite and Amish Sampler."