Lebanon, Indiana is located approximately 28 miles northwest of downtown Indianapolis, and nearly 45,000 people call the small town home. Also known as The Friendly City, the town has served as the Boone County seat since 1832.
Established on April 30th, 1830, Lebanon was founded by Indianapolis natives General James Perry Drake and Colonel George L. Kinnard. The pair first purchased three tracts of land that would later become Lebanon for $1.25 per acre on March 1, 1830.
Adam French, one of the city’s first commissioners, is credited for naming Lebanon. Historical accounts recall that French was reminded of the biblical Cedars of Lebanon when gazing upon clusters of local hickory trees, therefore naming his city Lebanon.
Famous natives and residents of Lebanon include Rick Mount, who was named Indiana Mr. Basketball in 1966. Defensive tackle for the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks, Craig Terrell, and the famous midget car driver Mel Kenyon also originated from Lebanon.
As part of Boone County’s sweeping landscapes and vast art and cultural district, Lebanon is proud to offer several attractions and recreational events to visitors of Indianapolis. Multiple Lebanon restaurants, golf courses and special shopping locations offer plenty of things to do as a day trip in Indiana.
Perhaps the most popular historical sites in Lebanon include the Boone County Historical Society and the Boone County Courthouse. The society is housed in the famous Cragun Home, which was built in 1893. Genealogical records and research are available, as well as tours of the era-specific architectural aspects of the house.
The courthouse is located in the middle of downtown Lebanon‘s square, and was built in 1812. Limestone from Bedford, Indiana was used to construct the 35-foot, 5 1/2-inch high pillars that weigh 30 tons each. It is believed that these pillars are the largest in the world. The second-largest stained glass rotunda in Indiana is featured in the dome of the courthouse, in addition to eight rare Hahl clocks which still keep accurate time.
Only a short drive north of Indianapolis, Lebanon provides several cultural and community events for visitors and locals in the area. For more information about the city and current happenings, visit the Lebanon website.