Lebanon — Drivers heading west on Main Street in Lebanon probably find it hard to miss the large white Victorian house that towers above the neighboring buildings. However, many have probably not ventured inside to discover the history of the home and its importance in Boone County.
The house is the Cragun House. It was built in 1893 by Strange Nathaniel Cragun, an educator who became superintendent of the Boone County School district in 1883. Cragun was also an intelligent investor who became highly respected in the area. He built the home for his wife and three children, and it remained in the family until it was donated to the Boone County Historical Society in 1988. The building now serves as the Historical Society’s headquarters.
Today, the Cragun House is not just significant in Lebanon, but is now one of the most recent additions to the National Register of Historic Places. The honor comes after an 18-month process spearheaded by Judy Walburn, Historical Society board member.
“The process was grueling,” Walburn said. “[it] was facilitated by consultants, our financial partners and the helpfulness of volunteers.”
For more of the story, see Thursday’s Lebanon Reporter.