he belfry of
the First Congregational Church looking northward is the vantage
point for this view of the walking path on the east side of the
Lebanon Green along Trumbull Highway (Route 87). The newly mowed
section of the meadow has a golden glow where the hay was recently
To visit this
mile-long swath of open hayfield is to imagine how a town common
may have looked in the eighteenth century. Unlike most greens, the
Lebanon Green in east- central Connecticut was never landscaped as
a park. As a result it remains one of the most pastoral in the
state; hay is still harvested here twice yearly.
common, originally about two miles long, is situated on a tract set
aside for a main street authorized in 1697. The purchase of the
town plot was confirmed by the Connecticut General Court in 1705
and included land granted by the Colony of Connecticut and tracts
acquired from individual Mohegan Indians.