CU Focus of Historic Places Tour


The theme for Historic Lebanon’s ninth annual Historic Places Tour on Dec. 3 will be Cumberland University’s 175th anniversary and the University’s impact on Lebanon and the city’s neighborhoods.

The tour is self-guided and will begin at 6:30 p.m. Participants may start at any of the sites, except for Memorial Hall. Historic Lebanon will hold a dinner and lecture before the tour at 5 p.m. in Baird Chapel on the CU campus. Dr. Mark Cheathem and Historic Lebanon Executive Director Kim Parks will be the presenters on CU history.
Sites on the tour include:

the Mitchell House, 106 North Castle Heights Ave.

the McDearman Home, 113 Greenlawn Dr.

the Potter Home, 116 Pennsylvania Ave.

the Patterson Home, 304 Pennsylvania Ave.

the Caldwell Home, 126 South Greenwood St.

the Ritchie Home, 232 East Spring St.

Catron Alumni House, 404 West Spring St.

Cumberland University’s Memorial Hall and Baird Chapel, One Cumberland Square (there will be a special display of artifacts, photographs and memorabilia documenting the university’s 175 years)

Tour tickets are $8 in advance and will be available at the Lebanon/Wilson County Chamber of Commerce on the square and the Historic Lebanon office, located at 324 West Main Street. Tickets will be available the night of the tour for $10 at the Mitchell House and any of the tour sites.


Tickets for the dinner and lecture are $50 and include admission to the tour. Seating is limited, and advanced reservations are required. The special dinner and presentation reservations may only be purchased at

For convenience, locations are listed on the back of advance tickets, and a map will be available at the website two weeks prior to the tour. Brochures will be available at each stop and also include a tour route map.

Sponsors of the annual tour are Ligon and Bobo Funeral Home, C. Tracey Parks Law Office, Main Street Property Management, THW Insurance, Thackston Family Foundation, Wilson Bank & Trust, the City of Lebanon, the Wilson County Commission and CedarStone Bank.


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