Lebanon’s Historic Buildings

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Boone County Jail

“One of the places in Lebanon that has always freaked me out was the old Boone County Jail,” said junior, Dilynn Shockley.

The Bonne County Jail was built in Lebanon, around 1877. Before the official jail was built, it was a 10×12 wood lodge located on the south side of the Courthouse. In 1938, the Boone County Jail added a hidden tunnel that connected the jail to the courthouse so they could transport prisoners.

“I had to go into the tunnels for work one time and it creepy. I felt like someone was constantly watching me,” said David Bailey.

Many workers say they refuse to go into the tunnels because “They’re spiderwebs everywhere and there are defiantly ghost in there,” said Tiffany Ferguson. The jail has been transformed into a Distillery which opened in 2017.

The Lindbergh School

The Lindbergh School located in Lebanon, Indiana is one of the top places in town rumored to be haunted. There is no specific date to when the Lindbergh school opened, that can be found but the school does go back all the way to 1950 and supposably closed 1970.

“I’ve been in there all different hours of the day and never seen or heard anything. We’ve had other guys in here working and say, I hear noises in there, I’m like those noises are in your head,” said Lee Weakley

Lee Weakley says the company he works for bought the building seven years ago and one of their clients bought it fifteen years ago. Weakley says the client was going to make Lindbergh his and his wife’s home but his wife declined during the process of renovation.

“In elementary school I used to hear that a little girl roamed the school and would walk up and down the stairs. I also heard if you went to the school, you would be able to see her through the windows,” says junior Simone Acheson

The Cragun House

There are many buildings on main street in Lebanon, one of them being the Cragun House. Built in 1893, this home belonged to Strange Cragun, and his wife Addie, who were both actively involved in this city’s society. Strange was a newspaper publisher and a superintendent at Lebanon schools, and Addie was of wealthy decent.

Renovation has been an ongoing issue for this home. Costs have totaled up to $90,000 and on, to keep the original order, look, and feel. Boone County Historical Society (BCHS) was gifted this home from the Cragun family, and they have held fundraisers, donations, and offers tours of the home for these costs, and keep this historical building alive. It has been said that almost every single wall, floor, and ceiling has been replaced, along with the roof and siding being replaced multiple times. Other random damages occur as well, like broken windows, and things around and inside and out that haven’t been fixed yet.

Inside this home, the lives of the Cragun family still live on. It is completed with furniture, hanging pictures, and even their personal belongings. Some people have seen the ghost of Addie, and even one of their children. People say they have heard random floor creaking, and flickering lights, and some have seen a ghost in a mirror. All without any sort of explanation.

The space is also available to rent for any sort of event. People have had baby showers, weddings, parties, meetings, and more. This home is a “living history museum,” according to the official BCHS website. Tours can teach more about the house itself, and gives deeper information on the Cragun family, the couple, their children, and the generations that came after.