“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
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Lebanon in St. Clair County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Mermaid House Hotel

Built 1830 by Retired Sea Captain Lyman Adams

Mermaid House Hotel Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, December 6, 2019
1. Mermaid House Hotel Marker
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.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicIndustry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the The Colonial Dames XVII Century, National Society series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1842.
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 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Helen Carolyn Dorothy Saegesser Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Leon Henry Church (approx. ¼ mile away); The Deneen Family (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Inspiration (approx. 0.7 miles away); Friedrich Franz Karl Hecker
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(approx. 3.1 miles away); Summerfield Cemetery (approx. 3.3 miles away); Illinois Remembers POW/MIA (approx. 4.3 miles away); Lest We Forget (approx. 4.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lebanon.
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.) 
Mermaid House Hotel and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, December 6, 2019
2. Mermaid House Hotel and Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on December 7, 2019. It was originally submitted on December 7, 2019, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 343 times since then and 33 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.

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