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The History Of The Mill At Lebanon
The story of the Lebanon Woolen Mills is the story of a woolen thread. A thread that has entwined itself into the hearts and lives of thousands of persons; one that has bound the people of Lebanon together through prosperity and depression, through gladness and sorrow.
Excerpt from the 50th Anniversary Yearbook 1958
In 1908, Dr. Edgerton founded the Lebanon Woolen Mills in Lebanon, Tennessee. Legend holds that Dr. Edgerton experienced a high degree of frustration as he was compensated for his services with chickens, garden goods, and various other items of barter. Dr. Edgerton observed a proliferation of sheep farmers in the area and felt that a woolen mill would provide employment for the local community and he started the Lebanon Woolen Mills which remained in operation under a number of corporate entities until 1998 when it was closed for good.

A Mill Is Reborn
Old buildings often outlive their original purposes. Adaptive Reuse, or Re-use, is a process that adapts buildings for new uses while retaining their historic features. An old factory may become an apartment building. A rundown church may find new life as a restaurant... And a restaurant may become a church.

The popularity of these adaptive use developments is increasing, as it presents an economic and socially responsible solution to the growing number of factory closings across the country. Many of these structures were designed by architects and provide a historic reminder of the livelihood of past generations while adding to the character of the communities in which they reside. The Mill at Lebanon is such a place.

A Vision Unfolds
Between 2000 and 2004 a transitional developer began architectural and structural plans for a new future for The Mill. Under new ownership and management, the vision is to continue the transition from a manufacturing complex to a mixed use Retail/Entertainment/Office/Residential redevelopment of the approximate 200,000 square-foot campus on 15 acres, just one block from the square in downtown Lebanon, Tennessee.