The Department of Public Works is continuing to make repairs to roads damaged in the September rainstorm. Use extreme caution when driving, especially around corners, or when roads are wet.
Do you enjoy biking? The Southeast CT Council of Governments is seeking input on the state of bicycle and pedestrian facilities in the area. Consider filling out this survey.
Camping around Lebanon is an enjoyable experience. With beaches, fishing, and boating there are plenty warm weather activities. Please see these local sites for camping options.
Letterboxing is an intriguing "treasure hunt" style outdoor activity. Letterboxers hide small, weatherproof boxes in publicly accessible places (like parks) and post clues to finding the box online on one of several websites. However, clues to finding some of the most highly-sought boxes are passed around by word of mouth. There are about 20,000 letterboxes hidden in North America alone. Individual letterboxes usually contain a log book, an often hand-carved rubber stamp and may contain an ink pad. Finders make an imprint of the letterbox's stamp on their personal log book and leave an imprint of their personal stamp on the letterbox's log book. There are over 50 letterboxes in Lebanon…how many can you find?
For more information on getting started and to look up clues to finding letterboxes click here.
With the entrance on Goshen Hill Road, Bartlett Brook Wildlife Area is managed for wildlife, hunting, and stream fishing. There are many trails, some well-tended. Exploration in the area leads to some significant colonial sites. Pease Brook Wildlife Area is also managed for hunting and stream fishing. It is accessible from Horiska Road near the Bozrah line. It is best to wear hunter orange when visiting any natural area between Oct. 1 and Jan.2, whether hunting or not.
Check CT DEEP hunting regulations and additional public hunting locations at www.ct.gov/deep/hunting
The Air Line Trail stretches across eastern Connecticut from Thompson to East Hampton. The trail dates from the 1870s when it was built as a railroad bed, and today draws walkers, runners, horseback riders, bicyclists and cross country skiers.
In Lebanon, the trail runs for over 7 miles along the northwest edge of town from Route 207 in Hebron to the Willimantic River. It is maintained by the Town’s volunteer Rails to Trails Committee. Trailheads are located at all road crossings including Route 207, Leonard Bridge Road, Chesbro Bridge Road, Tobacco Street, Route 87, Cook Hill Road, Village Hill Road and Kingsley Road.
Moween State Park is a DEEP preserved area that envelops the northern and eastern shore of Red Cedar Lake. An entrance is near the dam via Camp Moween Road.
Pomeroy State Park is a forested area abutting preserved farmland. There is no entrance but access can be made via a utility right of way on Rte. 289 (Beaumont Highway).
Additional information on CT State Parks can be viewed at www.ct.gov/deep/stateparks
Old farm houses line the highways leading to Lebanon in eastern Connecticut between Norwich and Willimantic, where the town center resembles many picturesque New England villages with a library, churches and town hall clustered around the green.
But it is like no other green in New England. A mile in length and with a major portion still in agricultural use, the Lebanon green is unique because of its size, its preservation as an example of an early town settlement, and its association with great events in the American Revolution. Visitors can take a job or a leisurely stroll around the stone-dust paths that line either side of the green. In winter, a portion of the green is flooded for ice skating and is lighted in the evening. Parking is available at the Library, Alden Tavern Parking Lot, and the Jonathan Trumbull House.
Around the green are some of the most important buildings connected with Connecticut's role in the Revolution when the town was the home of the war governor and the focal point of the state's contributions to the patriot cause. It is these activities that earned Lebanon its place in history as "the heartbeat of the Revolution."
From the raising of a Liberty Pole by local Sons of Liberty during the Stamp Act crisis to the outbreak of the war, the free men of Lebanon were active protestors against British policies. During the Revolution, at least 677 Lebanon men served in the American units, from the Battle of Bunker Hill to the end of the campaigns in 1782. This represents more than 50 percent of the adult population at that time.
Because of the significance of the green and the number of buildings associated with figures prominent in state and local history, the Lebanon green was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. Of the 68 structures listed on the Register, 49 are considered historically significant and include a variety of styles from Colonial to modern.
Most of the buildings are private homes. Among these are the William Williams house, the birth-site of William A. Buckingham, the Civil War governor; and Redwood, a masterpiece by Isaac Fitch.
With its ancient green preserved intact and surrounded by dozens of historic buildings, visitors can stroll around Lebanon center two centuries after the great events of the American Revolution took place here and feel a part of the past come alive.
Joshua's Trust is the largest land trust, by acres preserved, in the northeast "Quiet Corner" of Connecticut. A non-profit organization, the Trust is designed to supplement the open space and historic conservation efforts of federal, state, and local governments by receiving gifts of land, conservation easements, and money. The Trust may also purchase tracts of land that it considers especially important to preserve. In Lebanon, Pigeon Swamp Preserve is maintained by the Trust. It offers a rich variety of natural features and wetlands, with several maintained trails. The site accessible from Pigeon Swamp Road #2 in Windham.
For more information about Joshua's Trust click here.
The Last Green Valley is a 35-town National Heritage Corridor, and it's also a member-supported non-profit organization - The Last Green Valley, Inc. - working locally to preserve the irreplaceable land, water, and cultural resources of the region. Lebanon is the site of many recommended walks to enjoy preserved natural resources.
For more information on The Last Green Valley click here.