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Exploring Connecticut’s Towns–Lebanon!

Saturday, June 3, 2017
10:00am – 11:30am


The area of Poquechaneed was originally settled by the Mohegan Indians and used primarily for hunting. Mohegan sachem Uncas began selling parts of for this land on what would become Lebanon to settlers from Norwich in 1663. The General Assembly of the Colony of Connecticut incorporated the town on October 10, 1700. 

While a prosperous farming community developed during the colonial period, Lebanon reached its greatest importance during the American Revolution. Governor Jonathan Trumbull, a resident and only British colonial governor to side with the rebel forces during the Revolution, used a store house on his property for meetings of the Council of Safety, directing Connecticut’s war effort. The importance of the Trumbull family and Lebanon earned the town the nickname "Heartbeat of the Revolution."

In the years following the Revolution, other eastern Connecticut towns thrived as mills and factories were built to take advantage of abundant water power. In Lebanon the focus remained agricultural, which continues today.

The tour will focus on Lebanon's celebrated mile long Green, highlighting historic buildings and town lore. The walk will conclude with admission to the Lebanon Museum. It’s exhibit begins with the last glacier period and a local Paleo-Indian site, then moves through the land grants of 1650 to 1700, incorporation in 1700, the American Revolution, 19th century agriculture, the early 20th century influx of European immigrants, and historic preservation.

The program fee is $20, $15 for Museum members/donors. Advance registration is required. This program is for adults and children ages 8 and above. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For further information visit or call 860.486.4460.


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Connecticut State Museum of Natural History (primary), Office of Public Engagement, UConn Master Calendar

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