The Wilson County Election Commission, along with community leaders and the public celebrated the 100th anniversary of the groundbreaking of Lebanon’s Federal Post Office Wednesday.
Officials broke ground on the building, located at 203 E. Main St., exactly 100 years ago on Oct. 30, 1913.
From 1915 through 1964, the building housed the U.S. Post Office, and since then it has housed a school, government offices, storages facilities and its current occupant, the Wilson County Election Commission.
The celebration offered tours, refreshments and a commemorative book about the building and its history, which was on sale for $20.
The book, a collaborative project between the election commission and Historic Lebanon Tomorrow, includes photos and tales that tell the story of the building and its occupants through the years.
Also in attendance at the celebration was Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett.
Hargett spoke to a crowd where he congratulated the event on a great crowd.
“What a beautiful building that shows strength, stability and respect for the community,” Hargett said. “I’m proud of what the Election Commission and administration has done with the building and offices.”
Hargett also went on to thank the service of the Election Commission, which he saw as sometimes a “thankless job” where “the responsibilities are high and the pay can be low.”
Election Committee administrator of elections Phillip Warren praised the history of the building.
“It’s quite an accomplishment that this building was bought and built for only $50,000 at the time,” Warren said. “For years this was a place where people came to get good news, bad news and really was the center of Wilson County and Lebanon for many years.”
Warren said he was excited for what the commission was able to do the past few years and he thanked the staff and administration for their efforts to make everything what it is.
Sen. Mae Beavers also presented a proclamation honoring and celebrating the building and the 100th anniversary “for an important role it plays and continues to play in Wilson County.”
Warren, along with Beavers, county Mayor Randall Hutto and others, then unveiled a plaque on the building listing it as on the National Register of Historic Places.