Lebanon in St. Clair County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Mermaid House Hotel
Built 1830 by Retired Sea Captain Lyman Adams
Visited by Charles Dickens in 1842 - mentioned in his book American Notes
Erected 2002 by Illinois State Society and National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century.
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Society of The Colonial Dames of America marker series.
Location. 38° 36.228′ N, 89° 48.408′ W. Marker is in Lebanon, Illinois, in St. Clair County. Marker is on East St. Louis Street (U.S. 50), on the right when traveling east. Marker is mounted next to the entrance of the Mermaid Hotel. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 114 E St Louis Street, Lebanon IL 62254, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Deneen Family (approx. 0.6 miles away); Illinois Remembers POW/MIA (approx. 4.3 miles away); St. Jacob (approx. 7.8 miles away); U.S. Center of Population 1970-1980 (approx. 7.9 miles away); Troy (approx. 8.8 miles away); John Messinger, 1771-1846 Capt. Curtis Blakeman and the Marine Settlement (approx. 10.2 miles away); The Blum House (approx. 10.9 miles away).
More about this marker. Marker was dedicated on October 26, 2002.
Regarding Mermaid House Hotel. Popular English writer Charles Dickens made his first trip to the United States and Canada, landing in Boston on January 22, 1842. He traveled to several cities, including Washington, D.C., St. Louis, and even stayed a month in New York City. His travels and thoughts on America were written in a travelogue, which would become American Notes. On his way back East, Dickens had requested to see an American prairie, which he found in Lebanon, Illinois. The Mermaid House was one of two hotels in Lebanon at the time, the other being the lavish Bishop House.
Also see . . . Mermaid House Hotel on Wikipedia. Wikipedia page for Mermaid House Hotel. (Submitted on December 7, 2019, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 7, 2019. This page originally submitted on December 7, 2019, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 57 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 7, 2019, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.