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I.W.P. Buchanan House

Updated: May 15

428 West Main St., Lebanon

Built from 1894-1897. It is a two and one-half story Victorian Queen Anne style house

Photo by Brian Stansberry

The Buchanan House has deep ties to Lebanon’s academic and business community.

Isaac William Pleasant “Isaac” Buchanan (1866-1943), who had it built, was a university mathematics professor at Cumberland University, helped organize the Wilson County Bank in 1884 and was assistant cashier, and later was cashier with Lebanon National Bank. He married Willie Conn Elkin (1866-1930) in 1892. Buchanan was the son of Andrew Hays Buchanan, chair of the Dept. of Math at Cumberland University from 1869-1909. Buchanan taught at Cumberland Univ. in the 1890s. He was also a prolific inventor and helped found (with Cumberland University president David Mitchell) and was the first headmaster of Castle Heights School in 1902. After Willie died, he remarried to Beatrice Hunt (1888-1977) in 1932. About 10 years later, after Buchanan died, Beatrice left the house.

In 1979, E. (Edison) Earl and Lee Gannaway were the owners.

In 2019, Ashley and Reid Hinesley were owners. In 2021, the home was for sale with 4,600 sq ft. NR 1979


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