For a town that was once home to the first man to walk upon the moon, and which has a pub that has been visited by 12 presidents you would expect to find a bit of history there. Whilst Lebanon, Ohio, does have some important historical sites, you can purchase plenty of personal history at any of the many antique stores which are to be found in the town.
Lebanon is located in southwest Ohio, in the County seat of Warren and is part of the Cincinnati metropolitan area. It is a very pretty town in which many of the original shop facades have been preserved, and such is the ambience of the town that it has lent itself to becoming the home of many antique and curio shops, about 50 in all not including those who occupy antique malls.
One of the most popular places to browse and to shop is Miller’s Antique Market on South Broadway. Here, 70 plus dealers offer a wide selection of quality antiques and collectibles in a comfortable setting. Its dealers sell everything including books, coins, dolls, bric a brac and furniture which span practically every era.
There’s also the Broadway Antique Mall, on Broadway, which has over 50 vendors who sell a vast range of collectibles and antiques.
Many of the stand-alone shops in the town specialise in selling particular types of goods, or goods from particular eras, and the available range is simply enormous. It can take the canny shopper hours of delightful browsing to discover many wonderful treasures with which to grace their homes.
Of course, dedicated browsing and shopping can make one rather hungry, and one of the best places to find sustenance is at Village Ice Cream Parlour and Restaurant which has a range of traditional ice creams, sundaes, milk shakes and home-cooked meals served in a traditional setting.
For that perfect chocolate experience, try the Golden Turtle Chocolate Factory where their signature creations include their Texas Tortoise, as well as creams, almond toffee, nut clusters, buckeyes, peanut butter delicacies, truffles, fudge, sugar free chocolates, and many other fine chocolates.
Another treat is the Golden Lamb Inn and Restaurant, which is Ohio’s oldest inn having served 12 presidents and many notable people, including writers Mark Twain and Charles Dickens. The Golden Lam is dedicated to the preservation of American Life and still serves traditional American fare amid antique and Shaker decor.
Unmissable too is the historic Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad which runs nostalgic, themed and scenic train rides through southwestern Ohio in Warren County on approximately 25 miles (40 km) of track between Lebanon, Mason and Monroe.