Lebanon Steps Back to Victorian Era for Dickens Fest

Anslie and Regina Ireland of O’Fallon created their costumes and came out to Dickens Fest to tour the Mermaid House. (O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Angela Simmons)

The streets of downtown Lebanon returned to the 19th century this past weekend with the inaugural Dickens Fest, a nod to one of the town’s most infamous visitors, Charles Dickens. Dickens visited Lebanon, Illinois in 1842 and spent the night at the Mermaid House Hotel, even referencing his stay on the Looking Glass Prairie in his book American Notes.

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