HOW IT GOT ITS NAME: From the white cedars that reminded the Rev. James Fitch, a founding father, of the cedars of
mentioned in the Bible.
ORIGINS: Incorporated in 1700 from land grants and private land purchased by settlers directly from the Mohegans.
HEARTBEAT OF THE REVOLUTION: As the hometown of Gov.
, Lebanon played an important part in the War for Independence. Gov.
, a merchant , hosted many strategy meetings in his store, later called the War Office. Those attending included George
, the Marquis de Lafayette and Comte de Rochambeau.
FAMOUS SONS: Along with Trumbull and his sons Jonathan Jr., (
governor, 1797-1809), and John (a famous painter),
was also the birthplace of Dr. William Beaumont, the father of gastric physiology who wrote a book on digestion in 1833.