HISTORIC LEBANON RECEIVES 2019 NATIONAL MAIN STREET ACCREDITATION

Historic Lebanon Receives 2019 National Main Street Accreditation 

Lebanon, TN  May 1, 2019  Historic Lebanon has been designated as an accredited Main Street America™ program for meeting rigorous performance standards set by the National Main Street Center. Each year, the National Main Street Center and its partners announce the list of accredited Main Street America programs to recognize their exemplary commitment to preservation-based economic development and community revitalization through the Main Street Approach™

“We are proud to acknowledge this year’s 840 nationally accredited Main Street America programs that have worked tirelessly to strengthen their communities  said Patrice Frey, President & CEO of the National Main Street Center. “These programs deserve recognition for generating impressive economic returns, preserving community character, and celebrating local history. Main Street America Accredited communities are part of a powerful movement of change makers, and their dedication to improving quality of life in the places they call home is inspiring.

In 2018 alone, Main Street America programs generated $4.93 billion in local reinvestment, helped open 5,310 net new businesses, generated 25,301 net new jobs, catalyzed the rehabilitation of 8,146 historic buildings, and clocked 2.2 million volunteer hours.

The Historic Lebanon performance is annually evaluated by the Tennessee Main Street program which works in partnership with the National Main Street Center to identify the local programs that meet ten national performance standards. Evaluation criteria determines the communities that are building comprehensive and sustainable revitalization efforts and include standards such as fostering strong public-private partnerships, documenting programmatic progress, and actively preserving historic buildings.

In 2018, $475,000.00 dollars were invested in our local Main Street district.  This combined with the amounts from 2016 and 2017 bring the total dollar amount, private and public, invested in the Main Street district to slightly over 8 million dollars over the past three years.

During 2018, there were twelve building renovation projects, ten new businesses, and 48 new jobs in the District. All of this incredible economic vitality is a direct result of partnerships Historic Lebanon has leveraged with the community, investors and the City of Lebanon ECD.  “I am proud of our hard work and the results we have achieved, stated Kim Parks, executive director for Historic Lebanon.  One statistic I am especially proud of is the number of volunteer

hours dedicated to our program, in 2018 we had over 1,050 hours invested by our board and the community “commented Parks.

Historic Lebanon’s focus is to preserve historic buildings, increase tourism, entice more entrepreneurs and to create a sense of place in our historic downtown core.  They are creating a vibrant area with restaurants, retail/office spaces and urban living.  Another goal of the program is a more walkable downtown with public green spaces, a direct connection to the Music City Star commuter train station with a walking trail and the installation of public art.  These improvements will create a gathering place for locals as well as increase tourism to the historic downtown.

 Simply put; Historic Lebanon strives to enhance Lebanon’s quality of life and to increase our profile as a great small town.  

Historic Lebanon is a strong advocate for the proper development of our Square and surrounding neighborhoods for now and for generations to come.  

Historic Lebanon is also in charge of the local Tennessee Main Street program.  A real advantage of Main Street communities is the program’s strength in achieving economic vitality.  Studies show for every one dollar invested in a historic downtown, there is a thirty-six dollar return.  This return on investment (ROI) is achieved by using the four points of the Main Street program, Design, Organization, Promotion and Economic Vitality to present our Square is its best light. These four elements come together to create positive economic progress for the community.

In the past two years, we have received two major grants from the TN Main Street program.  First, is the Façade Improvement Grant ($100,000) for historic properties on the Public Square and second is the TN Main Street Entrepreneur Grant ($50,000).  2018 saw the completion of our façade improvement grant projects for five historic Public Square buildings.  Historic Lebanon is very pleased we were able to use the grant money to rehab five buildings, all being empty for several years, into viable, sales tax producing spaces in our Main Street area. Funding these façade projects with the grant allowed the property owners to leverage additional money for the complete rehabilitation of their properties. The buildings now have proper facades and design features that follow the Secretary of the Interiors Standards for Rehabilitation.
All five buildings are now fully occupied, all utilizing not only the bottom floor space but the upper story as well. The projects have created/recruited six new businesses and given home to two existing ones. These include a much requested full service restaurant, a coffee shop, three boutiques, a yoga studio, two professional offices and a residential loft apartment.

Our Cumberland Ignite Lab-entrepreneur center is funded with the Main Street Entrepreneur Grant.  The center is used for classes, training and has a Co-Work space upstairs.  Historic Lebanon sees an opportunity in our community to “garden” our young entrepreneurial talents while fostering relationships with our established entrepreneurs. Hopefully, this cultivation will lead to a more diverse mix of businesses and owners in the Main Street district and a more progressive economic development culture for the community.

The Historic Lebanon 2019-2021 Work Plan will focus on these key recommended Transformation Strategies:

Place-Making and Reinvestment – Continue to develop downtown buildings and infrastructure to support new business creation and investments.  Work to create housing in the Main Street district and also in adjoining neighborhoods to attract new residents to support downtown businesses and services.

Multimodal Connectivity – Support City of Lebanon efforts to build sidewalks, trails, greenways and connectivity infrastructure to create an environment where walking and biking is a safe and preferred mode of transportation for residents and visitors.

Entrepreneurship and Business Development – Historic Lebanon and City of Lebanon leaders and community partners can build upon our recent success to create new Main Street business development targets and support entrepreneur and business creation services and incentives.

Market Research and Positioning – Continue market data collection and analysis and potentially complete a market study for the downtown district which can provide in depth information on local and regional markets and consumer preferences. This data can become the basis for targeted business creation, entrepreneurial services, new downtown and adjoining neighborhood resident recruitment, destination tourism, downtown marketing, events, and promotion efforts.

Branding and Promotions – Continue to promote our Main Street District to the Middle Tennessee Region.  Use this strategy to recruit new businesses, entrepreneurs, investors, tourists and new residents to the area.  Highlight our commuter rail system, historic downtown business core and surrounding neighborhoods.

ABOUT MAIN STREET AMERICA

Main Street America has been helping revitalize older and historic commercial districts for more than 35 years. Today, it is a network of more than 1,600 neighborhoods and communities, rural and urban, who share both a commitment to place and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. Since 1980, communities participating in the program have leveraged more than $79.12 billion in new public and private investment, generated640,017 net new jobs and 143,613 net new businesses, and rehabilitated more than 284,936 buildings. Main Street America is a program of the nonprofit National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

2019 Friends of Historic Lebanon Dinner


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Historic Lebanon, a local non-profit, announces its annual “Friends of Historic Lebanon” Dinner on Thursday, May 9th, at Venue 142 in the Historic Arcade Building, 142 Public Square, Lebanon, Tennessee.  Social Hour and Silent Auction preview begins at 5:00 with dinner served at 6:00pm.

Historic Lebanon invites everyone interested in learning about our unique history and culture to come enjoy a catered dinner and program by guest speaker, C. Tracey Parks. Parks is an independent scholar recognized for his research on Southern material culture and Tennessee’s decorative arts before 1840.  He is a frequent speaker on the subject of Tennessee decorative arts especially Tennessee furniture of the antebellum era. He has spoken at numerous museum civic clubs, the MESDA Summer Institute, Belmont Symposium, and the Williamsburg Antiques Forum. Tracey’s topic for the dinner is titled “Making the Middle: Material Culture in the Age of Jackson, 1785-1845.”

A seventh generation Tennessean, Tracey has been an avid student and collector of Tennessee decorative arts for over thirty years. He received his B.A. in Social Science with emphasis on history from Cumberland University, and his JD from the Nashville School of Law. A practicing trial attorney, he lives in Lebanon, Tennessee, with his wife, Kim, and their three children. He serves as chairman of Lebanon’s Historic Preservation Commission. Tracey edited The Art and Mystery of Tennessee Furniture and Its Makers Through 1850, published in 1988, the first comprehensive study on the topic. He was a contributor and essayist on furniture in Art of Tennessee, Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville (2003). He is currently serving on the Advisory Board for the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA). He chaired this Board during MESDA’s 50th Anniversary in 2015. He also serves as a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Early Southern Decorative Arts (JESDA). His most recent research titled “Moses Crawford: Tennessee’s Earliest Cabinetmaker Revealed,” (JESDA) Vol. 34 (2013), can be accessed online at mesda.org.

Kim Parks, Historic Lebanon Executive Director, will also give an update on current projects for the organization as well as plans for Lebanon’s Bicentennial celebration.

“Historic Lebanon has achieved great success towards our mission but we still rely on the support of the community and we appreciate their participation in our annual “Friends of Dinner”, states Kim Parks, executive director for Historic Lebanon.   “This fundraising dinner and silent auction enables us to reach more community partners for the preservation and economic revitalization of the Historic Lebanon Square and surrounding neighborhoods.  This year is extra special as Lebanon celebrates its Bicentennial year of the 1819 Act of Incorporation”, Parks explained.

The cost is $35 and includes dinner and an annual membership as a Friend of Historic Lebanon.

The organization is especially pleased to offer a Silent Action again this year featuring local merchants and experiences.  A sample of the items includes a Discovery Flight originating from the Lebanon Airport, a large decorative handmade pottery platter from Silver Ridge Pottery, and a full year individual membership to Jimmy Floyd Community Center. Split Bean Roasters is donating a Coffee Roasting & Tasting experience along with a bag of coffee to take home. Other donations include items from Little Seed Farm, The Jewelers and our Main Street District merchants.   There are many more items generously donated and a complete list and preview of auction items is available at www.historiclebanon.com . Check back as more items will be added to the event.

Tickets are available at the Historic Lebanon office, 324 West Main St, Lebanon, TN or online. Advanced purchase is required and seating is limited.  Please purchase your tickets by Friday, May 3.

Historic Lebanon is a certified Main Street program with the state of Tennessee and the National Main Street Center and a 501c3 non-profit organization.  Historic Lebanon uses the 4-point Main Street approach of Design/Historic Preservation, Economic Vitality, Promotion and Organization to achieve their goals of preserving historic buildings, increasing tourism, enticing more entrepreneurs and creating a sense of place in our historic downtown core.

Their mission is to use the historic properties in new ways to create a vibrant area with restaurants, retail/office spaces and urban living; creating a more walkable downtown with public green spaces, a direct connection to the Music City Star commuter train station with a walking trail and the installation of public art. Simply put; Historic Lebanon strives to enhance Lebanon’s quality of life and to increase our profile as a great small town.

2018 Year End Giving Campaign

 

Dear Friend,

What a great year 2018 has been for Historic Lebanon.  I am proud of all we have accomplished with the support of our community.

Highlights from the year include the completion of our façade improvement grant projects for five historic Public Square buildings.

Historic Lebanon is very pleased we were able to use the grant money to rehab five buildings, all being empty for several years, into viable,

sales tax producing spaces in our Main Street area. Funding these façade projects with the grant allowed the property owners to leverage

additional money for the complete rehabilitation of their properties. The buildings now have proper facades and design features that follow

the Secretary of the Interiors Standards for Rehabilitation.
All five buildings are now fully occupied, all utilizing not only the bottom floor space but the upper story as well. The projects have created/recruited

six new businesses and given home to two existing ones. These include a much requested full service restaurant, a coffee shop, three boutiques,

a yoga studio, two professional offices and a residential loft apartment.

As a 501c(3) non-profit, Historic Lebanon relies on donations to fund our programs.   Your end-of-year gift will help us continue our mission

of revitalizing the Historic Public Square and surrounding neighborhoods.

For 2019 we plan to continue to keep the focus on the proper rehabilitation of historic buildings by working with the City of Lebanon on zoning

and codes issues. Another goal is a more walkable downtown with public green spaces, a direct connection to the Music City Star commuter train

station with a walking trail, improved gateways into the Public Square, and new housing options.

Simply put; Historic Lebanon strives to enhance Lebanon’s quality of life and to increase our profile as a great small town. 

With your gift, we will remain a strong advocate for the proper development of our Square and surrounding neighborhoods for now and for generations to come.

Won’t you make an end of year gift to support our programs and missions?  There are many levels of giving and all are tax deductible.

Remember your dollars stay in the local community and can affect real change.

Cordially,

Kim Parks

Or click Year End Giving to donate online

 

FARM TO TABLE DINNER

For last minute availability please contact Kim Parks at HistoricLebanon@cumberland.edu or 615-547-9795.

Historic Lebanon announces its second annual Farm to Table Dinner, Sunday October 1st, featuring Chef Trey Cioccia, of The Farmhouse Restaurant & Bar in Nashville. The dinner will take place at Wedge Oak Farm in Lebanon, TN, same location but a different set-up on the farm for this year’s event. A social hour will began at 5:00 featuring Jug Creek Distillery and Yazoo Brewing Company. Seating for dinner at 6:00 will follow. The fall themed menu will include Wedge Oak Hog, Roasted chicken, October beans & onions, roasted heirloom pumpkin, seasonal vegetables, Sourdough farm bread, dessert and water, tea, & wine. The meal will be prepared on-site by Trey and his crew and served family style with an upscale, rustic flair.

Seating is limited to 125 guests and requires advanced purchase.

Chef Trey Cioccia is a successful Nashville chef with a deep connection to food, land and farming. He is a native of Mt. Juliet with a love and passion for cooking and sources his ingredients from his own farm and other local producers. Trey’s newest concept is the Black Rabbit, 218 Third Ave, N. near Printers Alley in Nashville. Trey envisions his second space will harken back to the jazz lounges that made Printers Alley famous. The menu at his new venture will feature creative cocktails, small plates of canapes, breads, “soppins” and more. . Historic Lebanon is proud to have a chef of Trey’s stature affiliated with our event. Read more at thefarmhousetn.com/meet-the-chef.

Wedge Oak Farm is a Wilson County Century Farm, their motto is “We raise food you can feel good about eating! “ Wedge Oak raises various breeds of laying hens, meat broilers, turkeys, guineas, meat and laying ducks. Hog breeds include Poland Chinas, Yorkshires and the only Tennessee raised Mangalitsas. From their prized Mangalitsa charcuterie hogs they create a specialty sausage line made right here in Tennessee. All animals are raised on the farm and processed as close to home as possible. For more information about the farm and directions visit www.wedgeoakfarm.com/.