Thursday Doors – November 24, 2016

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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.


Since the main doors to the firehouse were opened, I had to settle for this side door.

One of the towns oldest churches.



Yes this is the front of the church

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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About Norm 3.0

World’s youngest grumpy old man & heart failure wonder boy. Interests: writing, woodworking, photography, travel, tennis, wine, and I know a bit about power tools.
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51 Responses to Thursday Doors – November 24, 2016

  1. Oh, never mind (about the link up), I figured it out.


  2. Gorgeous doors! I’m always so grateful when the beauty of the traditional buildings (and doors!) is maintained. Too often beautiful wooden doors are replaced with modern entrances and the character is lost.

    Btw, I’m trying to link up my Thursday Door post and am having trouble seeing where to do that once I get to the page showing all the links.


  3. jesh stg says:

    Thank you for hosting Norm. Sorry, time got away, trying to spin several plates in the air at the same time. Am so glad Christmas won’t be on a Thursday this year:):) Love the Library entrance, very tastefully done!

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  4. Thanks for the trip around town! I love the symmetrical styling of city hall 🙂

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  5. I love all the doors. That church looks nice too.

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  6. badfish says:

    I do so like the concept of your doors thing, I just never get around to doing a post on doors. But I like looking at yours!

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  7. Wonderful collection of doors here; I like the colonial towns and their architecture.

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  8. Andrea R Huelsenbeck says:

    Charming architecture.

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  9. Vicky says:

    Well apart from not having much to talk about, Lebanon has some pretty superb doors,door lovers could talk for a log while about them I suspect! Thanks for taking us there Norm. I have to wonder why it’s called Lebanon, in New England of all places, did this Lebanon get named first?

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  10. marianallen says:

    All so beautiful! But I have to give the library my vote, because of the columns and the window treatment above the door. Wow!

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  11. I love the Library, and City Hall buildings and doors the most! Such stately and beautiful buildings abound in this town! I wondered if the Library was/is a Carnegie Library?

    I hope you get to see Esperanza Spalding in person one day.

    Thanks for this tour it looks like a special place to me!

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  12. joey says:

    Lots of pretty architecture there. I loved the city hall trio, but alas, your favorite set is my favorite set. Old soldiers memorial doors FTW! Love how the posts are giant shells, too.

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  13. jan says:

    Thanks Norm – those small New English towns are charming but they can be highly suspicious of strangers baring cameras – I’m thankful you made it out alive!

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  14. tgeriatrix says:

    Nice collection! I like when you come closer and closer.

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  15. carol1945 says:

    Oh, your post really makes me want to visit New Hampshire. I have only been to New England once in my entire life,

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  16. reocochran says:

    Norm, I adored the last photograph of the Old Soldiers Memorial Building, with the beautiful brickwork and those little circles of beauty. No wonder you liked this one “best,” Norm! It reminded me of the frosting dabs and rosettes decorations on cakes!
    The Lebanon Opera house was very impressive with its deep set in doors and the white contrasting well with the brick! As Dan mentioned, all are worthy of their own postcard!

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Robin – I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving 🙂

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      • reocochran says:

        My Thanksgiving was great but two days later, Mom was in the hospital. I live nearly three hours away. . . My brothers live closer. She is going to recover from a fever and a few health difficulties. Anyway, I am sorry to belatedly respond and life is good, could be worse! Take care and God bless, Norm.


  17. Dan Antion says:

    Nobody seems to do “New England” as well as those folks in New Hampshire. Everyone of those buildings could be on a postcard, Norm. Great photos. Thanks for highlighting another place in my extended back yard that I need to get to at some point.

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  18. dimlamp says:

    I like that red, firehouse side door, the brick really makes it stand out.

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  19. ianbcross says:

    Norm, I can never tell the difference between all the different types of columns, doric, ionic, corinthian, whatever. But they look great surrounding a substantial door. I have another 4 from Old Delhi for you. My stock of door photos should last until Christmas at this rate.

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  20. I was leaning towards, metaphorically speaking, the red door with the red in the window above it until I got to the soldiers door. I’ll go with a tie. Although you’re not celebrating Thanksgiving there (or elsewhere in the world), it’s always a good idea to think about your blessings. Thanks for the ongoing fun of Thursday Doors!


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  21. I love that arched entrance to the opera house. The white really stands out against the brick. The buildings in Lebanon are gorgeous.

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  22. Joanne Sisco says:

    There is a grandness to this town in all her old buildings. The town hall reminded me of the movie Back To The Future. I half expected to see Marty McFly come by 🙂

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  23. Nice doors, Norm. I like the red fire door and the proportions of glass to door made me smile. Of course I’m partial since you were about 100 miles from me when you were in the White River Junction area. I’m seeing Dartmouth/Hanover doors down the road somewhere. 🙂

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Come to think of it, I should make a point of stopping in Hanover the next time I’d down there. I’m sure I’d find tons of material for doors posts.
      Next time we head down I’ll let you know in advance and we’ll figure out how and where to get together for coffee 🙂

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  24. GeorgieMoon says:

    I love that red door!

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  25. willowdot21 says:

    Great trip around a quiet town,thanks for taking us with you! All the door are very smart but the red fire door takes my eye. 😊

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