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Historic Places Tour to celebrate Cumberland University

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Historic Lebanon recently announced the ninth annual Historic Places Tour, scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 3, from 5 until 8:30 p.m., will celebrate Cumberland University's 175th year and its importance to Lebanon and the development of the city's neighborhoods.

To commemorate the celebration, Historic Lebanon will hold a dinner and lecture before the tour in Baird Chapel on the CU campus. Dr. Mark Cheathem and Historic Lebanon Executive Director Kim Parks will deliver a presentation on Cumberland's history and its influence on local neighborhoods.

This year's tour sites include: The Mitchell House, 106 North Castle Heights Avenue; The McDearman Home, 113 Greenlawn Drive; The Potter Home, 116 Pennsylvania Avenue; The Patterson Home, 304 Pennsylvania Avenue; The Caldwell Home, 126 South Greenwood; The Ritchie Home, 232 East Spring Street; Catron Alumni House, 404 West Spring Street; and Cumberland University's Memorial Hall and Baird Chapel, One Cumberland Square. Memorial Hall will also house a special display of artifacts, photographs and memorabilia documenting the university's 175 years.

The tour is self-guided, and participants may start at any of the sites, except for Memorial Hall, which will be available after 6:30 p.m.

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. The dinner will begin at 5 and end at 6:30 p.m., allowing plenty of time to tour the homes. 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.

The historic places tour highlights several of Lebanon's historic homes and structures. By shining a light on these local treasures, organizers say Historic Lebanon hopes to increase awareness of the city's history and to stress the importance of local preservation efforts.

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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