Lebanon, New Hampshire

City Hall, Lebanon, NH
Lebanon, NH City Hall (Photo credit: Doug Kerr)

Lebanon, NH is one of the largest cities in the Upper Valley. Conjoined with its unincorporated counterpart, West Lebanon, the area is home to approximately  16,500 people. Located along the banks of the Connecticut River, West Lebanon is the areas major shopping district. Residents from both New Hampshire and Vermont travel to West Lebanon for their shopping needs and to dine at area restaurants.

The Town of Lebanon, New Hampshire

Lebanon is home to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and is an Upper Valley hub of employment. With companies such as Hypertherm, Timken Aerospace, Mascoma Corp. and many more, a large portion of Upper Valley residents travel to the Lebanon area for work. Lebanon is the anchor city for Hanover, White River Junction and the Upper Valley as a whole.

History of Lebanon

Lebanon, NH was chartered as a town by Governor Wentworth on the Fourth of July, 1761 along with 16 other towns. Lebanon didn’t become a city until it was re-incorporated in 1958, during which time the railroad and mill district was losing its prominence and importance to the area. Lebanon was re-incorporated when West Lebanon made a motion to become its own town. Now, however, West Lebanon is a part of Lebanon.

Acquiring the name Lebanon from the hometown of its settlers, Lebanon, NH was named after a town with the same name in Connecticut. One of Lebanon’s earliest settlers was Rev. Eleazar Wheelock. He founded Dartmouth College after arriving in 1770.

Railroad Overpass, Glen Road in Lebanon, NH
Glen Road underpass, as seen from the playground, picnic and skate park (Photo credit: Ben Tolosa)

The area that is now known as West Lebanon was home to the earliest settlers, as it rests along the Connecticut River with easy waterway access. Another area of Lebanon where early settlers chose to live was along Mascoma Lake in Enfield.

After a fire destroyed a significant portion of the mill district in 1964, an urban renewal project was triggered. Building to replace the crippled Hanover Street area after the fire, the project lead the construction of “The Mall”, which is well known and home to several shops and restaurants today.

Entertainment

Being one of the area’s largest cities, Lebanon is always buzzing with activity and things to do. One of the areas most well know, annual seasonal events is the Farmers’ Market on The Green in Lebanon. Just next to the mall in the center of town, The Green hosts one of the areas biggest Farmers’ Market every Thursday during the summer months. The fun doesn’t stop with fruits, veggies, fudge and other goodies — the Farmers’ Market also offers a summer concert series, and a lot of other fun activities for the whole family.

Located within City Hall, the Lebanon Opera House offers performances, concerts and other events featuring local, national and international talents.

Packard Hill Covered Bridge
The Packard Hill Covered Bridge in Lebanon, NH (Photo credit: James Walsh)

Scattered across Lebanon and West Lebanon you’ll find plenty of things to do. The area is an anchor of attractions like the Powerhouse Mall, shopping and dining in both Lebanon and West Lebanon, watching ski jumpers at Storrs Hill, bringing your kids to the playground, picnic area and skate park on Glen Road (available for birthdays, contact the Lebanon Rec Department!), visiting the AVA Gallery to explore exhibits or participate in classes or workshops or stopping in for a workout after work at one of the local gyms.

Living in Lebanon

Lebanon is well known as an epicenter for working, living and playing in the Upper Valley. Home to many of the area employment opportunities, it is no mystery why people choose to live in Lebanon, where their travel to work is quick and easy. The town center is host to the areas best Farmers’ Market. The city is easy to walk with small shops and restaurants scattered about.

With the free Advance Transit bus line having convenient stops in residential, employment and shopping areas of Lebanon, some residents opt to use this service rather than personal transportation. The Advance Transit bus service is also offered free of charge with routes running to West Lebanon, Enfield, Canaan, Hanover and White River Junction, as well as offering DHMC parking lot shuttles from stops in the outer parking lots of DHMC to the entrance of the Medical Center.

Lebanon, New Hampshire is one of the Upper Valley’s most populated areas. As cultural hub, Lebanon is a desired area to call home. Along with large lots of land, ranging from fields and river side lots to mountain views and wooded acreage, Lebanon and West Lebanon offer wonderful properties, neighborhoods, condominiums and multi-family homes.

The median home value in Lebanon is about $219,000. While this represents the average real estate home value, there is a wide selection of properties available in Lebanon. Ranging from affordable apartment homes, town homes and condos to the ultra-luxurious estate homes that dreams are made of, there’s a home to fit your style and budget located right here in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

The area schools, employment opportunities, activities and area attractions make Lebanon a wonderful place to live.

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