I live in a relatively small but big in heart town called Lebanon. Located in Middle Tennessee, 25 minutes East of Nashville. When we first came here it was the first time I heard of the town. I fell in love with the town immediately. It was small but not that small, just big enough. The best asset, the people!
The people here in Lebanon are friendly and they go out of their way to help. I was not used to all this friendship, to tell the truth. Embraced it with open arms. Little gems called neighbors. When I moved to the United States, I lived in South Florida for 3 years. People there were not as friendly. I made good friends there, but none of them were my neighbors.
I have only seen this in the movies and shows where the neighbors bring you a baked good or that you befriend immediately other parents from your child school. Culture shock much? Maybe. But I’m a quick learner. Have you been or do you live in a town like mine?
Why I love Lebanon, Tennessee?
In no particular order.
- Traditions. I like that people take pride in the town and they try to keep the traditions going. When a town starts growing, traditions get broken. People are friendly and have faith. There are multiple churches around town. Families stick together. You can feel the community.
- Cracker Barrel. Do I need to say more? Well, it happens that Lebanon is the birth town of the beloved store. Go figured! The Headquarters are here and the first store ever opened – in the same place since 1969.
- Wilson County Fair. Ok, I have to accept that I’m being biased because I love fairs. But this fair is a kick-ass one. You need to plan to come for this year! Voted as one of the best in the State.
- Weather. Yes, for me it’s not that hot during the summer months or at least not as hot as in Florida. And not as cold during the winter months as it is on Rhode Island. We get to see some snow, not much to get depressed of, just enough to have fun with.
- Music City aka Nashville. Is close enough to a big city to have all the amenities and a small town living.
- Cedars of Lebanon State Park. Trying to get in touch with nature, look no further. You can go camping, there are stables for horses and a swimming pool opened during the summer month.
- Music City Star, the train. If you don’t want to drive you can take the train to Nashville! How awesome is that?
- My twins were born here. Will forever be a special place for me.
- Last year we got to see the Solar Eclipse! Coolest thing ever to watch a great event from the comfort of your backyard.
- For a small town, we got two High Schools and a University. Also two newspapers and a radio station.
- To the East, close to Smokey Mountains and Dollywood.
- To the West, close to Memphis, where you could take a tour of Graceland.
Tell me, does Lebanon sounds charming to you? It really is. Hope you have the chance to come and visit this neck of the woods.
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