Founded in 1802 and named for the biblical land of cedars, Lebanon has been a center for commerce, education, and culture for over 200 years. The rich histories of Cumberland University, Cumberland School of Law, and Castle Heights Military Academy are intertwined with the city. Cumberland University served as Director Headquarters for the Tennessee Maneuvers of the Second Army during World War II. Politicians such as Sam Houston, William Jennings Bryan, and Frank Clement all used the Lebanon Square as a public forum. In fact, Sam Houston began his law career here in 1818. Known as the wool capital of Tennessee for many years, Lebanon was home to the Lebanon Woolen Mills for nearly a century. This strong business tradition continues today. Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, founded here in 1969, maintains its national headquarters in the city.