Type of Venue: Off-site, mixed-used historic building
Capacity: More than 500 guests
Nearby Accommodations: Holiday Inn Express and Suites Lebanon
Tales from the men and women who have walked the halls of what is now known as the Mill at Lebanon are woven into the tightly knit fabric of this historic building. It opened in 1908 as a Lebanon, Tennessee, wool mill where workers made blankets for soldiers, among many other woolen products. Over the decades, nearly every resident in Wilson County spent time inside the mill, including Billy Joe Fields, whose job it was to sound the iconic steam whistle until 1985, and Roy “Old Hessy” Trammell, who sold wares from his car when he wasn’t working as the third-shift supervisor at the mill.
The mill closed in 1998, but the space didn’t sit empty for too long. In 2000, the building was reinvigorated as the Mill at Lebanon, a mixed-use facility. The mill is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and all 200,000 square feet of this historic building remain authentic to the building’s original design. Tenants inside the Mill have been wide-ranging and have included restaurants, galleries, retail stores and theaters, but the most-visited rooms have been the meeting venues within this historic landmark.
There are three separate meeting spaces that span more than 50,000 square feet within the mill; they include a 12,500-square-foot hall with its own private entrance, a built-in bar, a stage and space for hosting upward of 500 guests. Exposed brick walls and tall industrial ceilings set the backdrop for stunning events in the mill’s other spaces, where smaller meetings and gatherings of up to 350 guests take place. Although the venue has become most popular for receptions, throughout the year the mill’s event calendar is filled with corporate meetings, trade shows, speaking engagements, special dinners, dances and more.
The Mill at Lebanon is conveniently located just one block from the square in downtown Lebanon and provides meeting guests easy access to the Music City Star Rail Station and many of the other can’t-miss sites along this historic downtown. From celebrations that last until midnight to mobile meetings that extend into the local area, the Mill at Lebanon entwines its historic spirit with a modern approach that results in memorable events.
The event venues within the Mill at Lebanon are dispersed throughout its more than 50,000 square feet of meeting space. The upper level is home to the Loft, where hardwood floors and exposed brick walls create an intimate feel for small and large events of up to 300 guests. The Atrium is suitable for receptions, reunions, holiday parties and corporate luncheons, with space for hosting up to 350 guests. The largest space inside the mill is Edgerton Hall, where guests enter through a private entrance to reveal a built-in bar and stage with room for hosting up to 500 guests comfortably.
The meeting organizers at the Mill at Lebanon can help arrange catering for small and large gatherings and have a list of recommended caterers from which planners can choose during the planning process. The mill operates under an open vendor policy, but vendors must be approved before they can work inside the meeting spaces of the mill. Alcohol is allowed, but a licensed and insured bartending service must be approved from the vendor list before booking. Plated dinners, boxed lunches and passed hors d’oeuvres are popular offerings during events at the Mill.
Planning an event involves a lot of details, and the event organizers at the Mill aim to take care of as many of those details as possible to ensure success. Meeting planners booking an event at the Mill at Lebanon have access to an inventory of 60-inch-round tables, eight-foot banquet tables and 250 chairs. The event’s team at the Mill provides setup and cleanup for all groups, as well as complimentary parking for all meeting guests.
Before and After
The town of Lebanon is just 23 miles from Nashville, Tennessee, where meeting guests can explore the sounds, sights and flavors that have put this music city on the map. For guests looking to stick closer to the venue, Lebanon offers plenty of options. Boutique stores line the streets of Lebanon’s historic downtown, and gourmands will find their fix from local growers and artisans at Demeter’s Common upscale grocery store. Cedars of Lebanon State Park recently expanded and offers eight miles of hiking trails and camping options throughout the 1,139 acres of cedar forests and glades, and nearby Don Fox Community Park is a great place for a stroll along a 2.5-mile walking track.