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Town Square – Lebanon, New Hampshire
This week I’ll start by wishing a Happy Thanksgiving to all my friends in the United States, and as a tip of the hat to our southern neighbors I thought I’d take you on a walking tour of the Town Square of the lovely little New England town of Lebanon, New Hampshire.
Lebanon was one of 16 New England towns on the Connecticut river that were chartered by Colonial Governor Benning Wentworth on July 4, 1761.
Situated in the western central part of the state, about a 4-hour drive south/south-east of Montreal, and about two-hours north of Boston, Lebanon has a population of just under 15,000.
The river which is the dividing line between New Hampshire and Vermont also separates the towns of Lebanon and White River Junction, where I have family; which is the reason why I get down that way at least once or twice a year.
City Hall also serves as the town’s Opera House and primary concert venue. I’ve had the pleasure of catching a few shows there over the years.
When we were there in September we tried to get tickets for the Esperanza Spalding show coming up the month after in October, but it was already long sold out 😦
I haven’t seen her live yet but hopefully she’ll come to the Jazz Festival this summer in Montreal.
One of the things I find most charming about smaller towns all over New England is the city design, putting the hub around a town square, usually a mall (large open space) or rectangular park, where townsfolk gather for special events.
Aside from the City Hall/Opera House, you’ll find the firehouse.
One of the towns oldest churches.
The town library.
Some big beautiful old historic homes.
And what turned out to be my favorite door in the square…
the old Soldiers Memorial Building.
I’d love to tell you about all the wonderful tourist attractions and exciting things there are to do in Lebanon but aside from the Opera House, a few nice mid-range restaurants, and the occasional events held in the square, there’s really not much to talk about 😉
It’s just a peaceful, quiet, typically charming New England town that is well worth a visit even if just for a pleasant afternoon doorscursion.
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