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Lebanon Attractions and Events

Attractions and events in Lebanon, Indiana span several historical and cultural influences.  Visitors may learn about local architecture and history, various local art forms and Boone County cultural roots.

Perhaps the most popular attraction in Lebanon is the Boone County Courthouse, located in the town square.  Built in 1912, the building boasts the largest limestone pillars in the world, the 2nd largest stained glass dome in Indiana, and eight rare Hahl clocks which still keep perfect time.

A visit to the Boone County Historical Society offers research and tours of the Cragun Home, which was built in 1893.  The house still is reminiscent of era-specific architectural influences, and houses multiple local historical and genealogical documents.

The Flower Barn Tour & Lunch, located at 2685 Elizaville Road, offers demonstrations and classes on dried flower arrangements.  Lunch is also served, and the event is touted as a wonderful day trip for visitors to Indianapolis.

If you’re looking for dramatic entertainment, the Theater at the Milk Building offers plays and short demonstrations by a group of local performers.  The attached gift shop at 904 E. Walnut offers vintage items related to local history and culture.

Those who want to schedule a time of rest and relaxation away from the big city enjoy a day or more at Lumiere du corps Resort, located at 6100 S. 275 East.  This high-class establishment offers a full-service salon and spa with facials, manicures and pedicures, and massage services.  Amenities also include an onsite catering service and luxurious rooms for extended stays.

Lebanon prides itself on being dubbed “The Friendly City”, and aims to expand knowledge and learning opportunities about local cultures through several community events.  The Heritage Skills: Past to Present Day event offers workshops and demonstrations related to any type of craft and homemaking skill one can imagine.  Outdoorsmen enjoy the Boone County Master Gardener Garden Fest held every spring, offering multiple ideas for home and business landscaping and special plant care tactics.

Unique events to Lebanon include the Farm World Expo, which features dog-herding among other farm animal demonstrations.  Back to the Fifties Festival allows display of period-specific cars, clothes, traditions and fashions.  The American Indian Council also produces semi-annual Traditional Powwows to celebrate local Native American roots.

The Indianapolis Symphonic Orchestra typically travels to Lebanon to perform the annual Symphony at Sunset, held at Abner Longley Park.  As the county seat, Lebanon also hosts the local 4-H Fair, YMCA Health Fairs and Poker Runs, 4th of July Festival and Home and Garden Show.

Further information about current events and featured attractions may be found on the Boone County Convention and Visitors Bureau website at www.BooneCVB.com.

Mike Woods