Incorporated as a village in 1810, the present-day city of Lebanon is located 30 miles northeast of downtown Cincinnati—a day’s stagecoach ride away. The original town plat contained only 100 lots, bounded by Silver, South, Water, and East streets. The Golden Lamb, a hotel and restaurant, has been operating since 1803, although the present building dates from 1815. Notable guests at the Golden Lamb have included Henry Clay, Charles Dickens, and Mark Twain. The Western Star, one of the Ohio’s oldest weekly newspapers, has been printed in Lebanon since 1807. The city is also home to the Warren County Historical Society and Harmon Museum of Art and History, the Glendower Historic Mansion (a circa 1845 Greek Revival residence), and the Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad (LM&M), which features nostalgic train rides.
Historic homes in Lebanon, built from 1860 to 1940, feature Italianate Victorian, Victorian Vernacular, Dutch Colonials, and Arts and Crafts foursquares and bungalows. Prices range from $100,000 to $350,000.