Saturday, December 13, 2003

Birthday marks milestone for inn

Randy McNutt

LEBANON-The Golden Lamb Inn, a focal point of Warren County history, will soon celebrate its 200th birthday.

In the lobby is a piece of framed artwork - a stagecoach, the inn and its old sign - commemorating the inn's bicentennial on Dec. 23. It is also available as a postcard.

In 1803, Jonas Seaman asked the local court to issue him a license to open a "public house."

Soon he was operating a stagecoach inn, complete with vegetable gardens, chicken houses and pig pens.

Through the years, the name has evolved. Robert Jones and his wife, Virginia, bought the place in the 1920s and restored it. They changed the name from the Lebanon House to the Golden Lamb.

A dozen presidents have stayed at the inn, and rooms are named for them and other influential people who rested there. They include Henry Clay and Charles Dickens in 1842.He returned to England and wrote A Christmas Carol.

Information: 932-5065;

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HAMILTON - A crew from the PBS show History Detectives visited the Butler County Historical Society and Museum last month.

Three operatives worked 4 1/2 hours to investigate a genealogy question sent in by a viewer. They found a link with that person while searching through the society's surname files and other references on Butler County history.

Museum spokeswoman Betty Maham said the show is expected to be broadcast in July.

Contact Randy McNutt by mail: 7700 Service Center Drive, West Chester, OH 45069; phone: 755-4158; e-mail:

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