Gov. Jonathan Trumbull House Museum
This building located on the Lebanon green was once the home of Jonathan Trumbull Sr., the only colonial era governor to support the American Revolution. The house was built by his father and served as a significant military and political meeting place during the Revolution. A secret tunnel once connected the home to Gov. Trumbull’s equally famous War Office.
The building is also the birthplace of John Trumbull, the famous painter, whose depictions of the Revolutionary War and associated figures are some of the most iconic works in American history. For this reason, it is sometimes known as the “John Trumbull Birthplace.”
This stable, now located on the Lebanon Green, sits next to the Gov. Jonathan Trumbull House. However, the stable’s original location was in Hartford where it was owned by Rev. Daniel Wadsworth. Wadsworth hosted the first meeting between General George Washington and Count Rochambeau. During this time, Washington’s horses were boarded in this stable. In 1801, the stable was badly damaged in a fire and rebuilt in the Palladian-style it bares today. The building was later moved to Lebanon after it was acquired by the Daughters of the American Revolution to save it from being demolished.
The museum is owned and operated by the Daughters of the American Revolution. Both the house and the stable are open for seasonal tours from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM on Saturdays and Sundays from mid-May through mid-October. Off-season tours may be available by appointment.