It's striking how many improvements have been made to downtown Lebanon buildings and storefronts just in the past few years – modernizing through restoration. More of the old brick and original windows are being exposed on the inside and outside of the shops. The owner of the Bloom boutique and tea shop spoke of how it took a year to remove the plaster on the inner shop walls to expose the original brick underneath. The 2021 historical downtown tour was jointly sponsored by Build Lebanon Trails, the Lebanon Museum, and the Lebanon Downtown Association. Alysia Rodgers, the tour leader, is Economic Development Catalyst for the City of Lebanon and has been responsible for the grants that have made many of these improvements possible. If you missed the tour, you still have a chance to benefit from it, thanks to the printed tour guide that was prepared by Linda Ziedrich, vice-president of the Lebanon Museum Foundation board of directors. The locations in the guide are included as markers in the Google map below.
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Did you know...
- The Kuhn Theater was Randolph (“Cap”) Kuhn’s fourth theater in Lebanon. Beginning in 1908, he put on “picture shows” in the New Empire Theater, a wooden building on Main Street that no longer exists.
- The Hotel Lebanon burned down in 1911. J. C. Devine, the owner, finished the new, concrete Hotel Lebanon in 1912.
- More historical gems in the downloadable PDF brochure!