Sitting rather quietly a couple of miles south of Hanover, east of the Connecticut River near the point where US-4 gets submerged beneath the I-89 freeway, historic Lebanon (pop. 13,151) has a town green so spacious it seems more like the outskirts of a city park than the center of a town.

Right along the bonny banks of the Connecticut River, three miles or so south of patrician Hanover, the commercial busybody of West Lebanon has everything you probably try hard to avoid: shopping plazas, traffic tie-ups, and familiar fast everything, all clustered around the two local exits off the I-89 freeway.