Thursday, July 21, 2022






I love Lebanon, Ohio! This small town in Ohio is where the movie, "Milk Money" from years ago was produced. Some of the people who reside in Lebanon were stand-ins. One of the most popular spots in town is THE GOLDEN LAMB restaurant. It's a four-story building. The upper floor are historical rooms kept for viewing. The second floor has updated rooms you can reserve for a stay. The third floor is the restaurant area, and the first floor or "basement" is where the gift shop is located.

In 1803, Jonas Seaman moved from New Jersey to Lebanon and paid four dollars for a license to open the Golden Lamb on Broadway Street in Lebanon, Ohio to offer food and lodging. At that time, many travelers couldn't read, so he hung a sign with a picture of a Golden Lamb to advertise his establishment.

It is still open for business today, two-hundred and fifteen years later. The Golden Lamb has hosted popular guests including twelve presidents, Barbara Bush, Neil Armstrong and Annie Oakley. Authors such as Charles Dickens, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Alex Haley and more.

In 1927, Robert and Virginia Jones bought The Golden Lamb. They didn't have much extra money to spend on new furnishings, so they purchased shaker furniture at local yard sales and auctions. In a hutch they bought, Mrs. Jones found a recipe titled, "Sister Lizzie's Shaker Sugar Pie". Mrs. Jones made the pie and served it to guests during the holiday season. Guests loved the pie, so they kept the pie as a dessert on the menu.


Mr. and Mrs. Jones turned the basement into a gift shop where they offered an assortment of stuffed animal lambs, fancy napkins and placements, costume jewelry, cards, and many other things. This gift shop was operational until just a couple of years ago. The Portman Family now owns The Golden Lamb.

I hope you've enjoyed visiting The Golden Lamb in Lebanon, Ohio with me today!

What's your favorite restaurant?

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  1. Thanks for posting today! I'd love to visit The Golden Lamb, sounds like a nice place. I guess I haven't found a favorite restaurant yet. I do like seafood restaurants and thankfully we have a good assortment of those. The prices make them good for special occasions, though.

  2. Thanks for this, Molly. After my mother passed back in late 1982, my dad married his "childhood sweetheart" and moved back to his hometown in Springfield, OH. The Golden Lamb was one of their favorite restaurants, which was located about an hour's drive away. Although I heard nothing but raves, they never took me there. I admit my visits to Springfield from the Chicago area were busy with visiting extended family, not only my dad and stepmom. The years passed and 12 years after they married, my stepmom died after a short bout with cancer. My dad was health-challenged too and moved to an assisted living facility. Sadly, I never made it to the Golden Lamb. Now that I have read your article and understand the restaurant's backstory I'm sorry I missed it.

  3. I enjoyed this article about The Golden Lamb. I can't say I have a favorite restaurant. I usually enjoy the small independent restaurants vs. a large corporate chain. Honey Bee close by is a homey atmosphere, friendly service and yummy cinnamon rolls.