The ideal place to settle? A place filled with neighbors who know each others' names. A place with a sense of community and history. That's Lebanon, Indiana.
Lebanon was founded in 1831 by two young developers and speculators who probably never could have imagined more than 170 years later what their fledgling town one day would become.
Thirty miles north of Indianapolis, Lebanon now has nearly 16,000 residents, according to the 2010 U.S. Census, but it is poised for growth. Thanks to annexation of land at the south part of the city, reaching Interstate 65, Lebanon's population will continue to rise.
Given Lebanon's proximity to the I-65 corridor, people who work in Indianapolis find an easy commute. Still, Lebanon itself, and greater Boone County, offer a number of jobs for area residents. A number of businesses occupy the Lebanon Business Park, including U.S. Cold Storage. With a new facility in the park, the company will have space for 2,600 employees when the building reaches its maximum. Another business park, called South 39, will consist of 573 acres when completed, bringing jobs to the area. After all, Indiana has the best business climate in the Midwest, according to Forbes magazine, and that extends to Lebanon.
The founders of Lebanon, General James Perry Drake and Colonel George L. Kinnard, were members of the Indiana Militia who wanted their community to be the county seat of Boone County at its formation. They spent an estimated $1.25 per acre for land in their new town, and to ensure it would become the county seat, they donated several lots, the town square and other land to the county. They also donated bricks and shingles for the first courthouse.
While that courthouse, built in 1839, no longer stands, the 1911 courthouse is an architectural marvel. Built with limestone from Bedford, Indiana, the columns at the entrances are thought to be the world's largest monolithic limestone columns.
Lebanon's downtown core draws a number of visitors, some of whom come to see the Boone County Courthouse. Still, others come downtown, with its historic, turn-of-the-century feel, for dining and cultural attractions. Some opt to dine at the Bijou Restaurant, a husband-and-wife owned French eatery that occupies a renovated 1890s storefront. After dinner, some residents or visitors will wander to the Milk Building Theatre, former home of the Indiana Condensed Milk Co. The milk operation opened in 1913, processing milk from Boone County dairymen, and closed once the community made its transition from rural to suburban.
Living in Lebanon offers a lifestyle friendly for families. Approximately 3,400 students attend classes at award-winning schools operated by the Lebanon Community School Corporation. A number of community events offer entertainment and fun for residents, including the annual Back To The Fifties Festival, which occurs in September, as well as a Daddy/Daughter Dance and an Easter egg hunt. It's known as The Friendly City, and Lebanon lives up to that billing.
A number of established neighborhoods have blended with new communities to create a plentiful supply of affordable housing. Driving down the streets of Lebanon, the pride of ownership is obvious. Well-kept homes line the streets and offer unrivaled curb appeal.
Lebanon has a number of new home communities, where homebuyers can select their lots and help to design and customize their homes with today's modern, must-have amenities. Still, Lebanon also has a number of homes ideal for the first-time buyer or seniors looking to downsize.
Large lots and green space characterize many of Lebanon's neighborhoods. The city has two parks, and Lebanon's nature, in fact, led to its namesake. It was at the inception of the new city that Adam French, one of its first commissioners, proclaimed it would be called Lebanon because its hickory trees resembled the Cedars of Lebanon from the Bible.
People don't leave Lebanon often, once they have found it. But when circumstances dictate that a homeowner must sell, the agents at F.C. Tucker can help, offering advice about how to accurately price a home and telling clients what simple home improvements will translate into a faster sale.
With low interest rates drawing buyers into the market, sellers have an audience of prospective buyers who might be enticed by easy updates to paint, flooring or landscaping. F.C. Tucker agents know what today's most popular amenities and selling points among homebuyers are, as well as how to bolster a home's instant appeal.
Our clients frequently tell us how glad they are to have found Lebanon. See for yourself.