Success Starts On The Square

Historic Lebanon Tomorrow is a non-profit corporation designed to revitalize and maintain the downtown Square and surrounding neighborhoods. 

Historic Lebanon Tomorrow is a non-profit corporation designed to revitalize and maintain the downtown Square and surrounding neighborhoods. 

The Board of Directors and newly hired executive director, Colleen Taylor, are working towards these initial goals for the benefit of all of us.  Their goals are to enhance the city’s historic identity, to cultivate a center of activity, to promote a sense of community pride, and to foster the preservation and development of Lebanon’s unique cultural and architectural heritage.  They plan to accomplish these goals through concentrated efforts of design, economic development, promotion, and organization.

HLT held their first fundraising event this past October with the advent of a “Tour of Historic Places”.  This event which benefited Historic Lebanon projects featured seven historic homes and locations in the Downtown Lebanon area.  Among the places featured were the Fessenden House, the homes of David and Joy Pine, Kathy and Joe Adams and the Buchanan House, residence of Kevin Woods.  The tour also included the Lebanon/Wilson County Chamber of Commerce and Linda Hackett Realty.  This event was a huge success for HLT with over 300 people enjoying a wonderful fall afternoon.  The Chamber of Commerce Trolley provided transportation up and down West Main Street.

Historic Lebanon plans on making this an annual event and plans are currently being made for the 2009 Home Tour which will be held in October.

The Lebanon Farmers Market has recently undergone a renovation with a new shed and a paved parking lot provided for local farmers and patrons of the market.  To celebrate the new market, HLT will hold a Farmers Market Grand Opening and Tomato Fest on Saturday, July 11th from 10 a.m. till 12 noon.  Bluegrass Music, contests featuring the lovely tomato and food will hail the grand opening of the market.

The Historic Lebanon Tomorrow Board of Directors is also proud of the new banners now in place around the square.  This project has been in the making for several months.  There are approximately 38 banners available for sponsorship. Monies raised will support HTL’s many projects with the city.  Banner sponsorships are $500 for 2 years.  The placard will hang below the banner and will be burgundy with white lettering, only lettering will be used, not logos.  The placard is 30” x 12”. 

The clock on the square project is also high on the priority list of upcoming projects.  The clock shown in the picture was originally on the square for many years.   Leadership Wilson started this Project with the repair of the clock. It is the hope of this group to complete this dream of having the clock placed back on the square. 

It is difficult to measure in dollars the positive impact the Square has on the City of Lebanon as a whole, but everyone knows the Square is what makes Lebanon unique and different from other communities.  Everyone in Lebanon and Wilson County benefits from a thriving Square. It is a long and established fact that the retention and enhancement of the existing architectural character of the Square are major factors leading a successful revitalization.  A strong, vibrant and economically viable square will help drive the economic engine of Lebanon and Wilson County for years to come.  If you are interested in supporting Historic Lebanon Tomorrow please call Colleen Taylor.    

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