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Sunday, July 29, 2018

Middletown - The Oldest Town in Dauphin County

Downtown Middletown Pennsylvania in Dauphin Coounty
Middletown is a borough in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania and sits along the banks of the Susquehanna River. It's roughly a 10 minute drive from downtown Harrisburg or Hershey. According to the 2010 Census, 8,900+ people called Middletown home.

It was founded in 1755 and was incorporated as a borough in 1828. When people think of Middletown, they often think of the Three Mile Island Nuclear Plant where the #2 Nuclear Reactor suffered a partial meltdown in 1979. The TMI #2 Unit Reactor is now closed.
Three Mile Island Nuclear Plant in Middletown Pennsylvania

While passing through the town we stumbled upon the "Middletown" historical marker that is located at the intersection of N. Union Street and Main Street. It's part of the Union Canal Marker series. Here's the information.
Middletown Historical Marker in Pennsylvania


The oldest town in Dauphin County; laid out in 1755 by George Fisher, Quaker. It was an important port at the junction of the Pennsylvania and Union Canals in the 19th century. Site of early flour, lumber, and iron industries.

By: 1952 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
Victorian Mansion in Middletown Pennsylvania

Old Homes in Middletown Pennsylvania

As you drive through town you'll notice many different type's of architectural styles, from old Victorian Mansions, Log Homes, Colonial & Ranch Styles and more. I've included a few photographs with this post to give you a little sneak peek of what downtown Middletown looks like.

Millions of people drive by the historical markers all around the great state of Pennsylvania and never take the time to read them and to learn about past history. We're trying to bring awareness to these markers by documenting them here on our Pennsylvania & Beyond Travel Blog.

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