Lebanon ready to welcome Downton Abbey

September 13, 2013 by  

Lebanon residents who enjoy the hit TV series ‘Downton Abbey’ have a chance to impersonate their favorite characters and save historic properties at the same time.

This weekend, the Lebanon Conservancy Foundation will host a fundraiser called ‘Downton Abbey Comes to Lebanon’, a gala celebration in support of the Foundation’s efforts to preserve important historic homes throughout Lebanon and the surrounding area.

The Lebanon Conservancy Foundation, a non-profit, preserves history by buying historic homes and restoring them to pristine condition, one at a time. The first structure they saved was the Nixon-Brant house, located on Mechanic Street. The building dates from 1808 and is a prime example of the Federal Style.

Lebanon dates from 1802, which means it is older than the State of Ohio, and thus the preservation of homes here is vitally important. In order to fund its work, the Conservancy needs to raise funds, and holds several events a year. The upcoming gala is one such effort, and promises to be a great deal of fun. Attendees are requested to come as their favorite character from the show, or in dinner attire or black tie.

The party begins tomorrow, September 14, at 7:00 pm at the Pillars on Cincinnati Avenue, with hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and a silent auction. A buffet dinner follows at 8:00 pm, followed by a live auction and dessert. Parking can be found in the city lot at Sycamore and Main Streets, and tickets are priced at $100 per person.

The Foundation could work with a banner printing company to create a fanciful display to hang above the door of the venue.