"Here amid these picturesque hills our forefathers and foremothers toiled for the sake of goodly heritage. We should do no less."

A History of Our Tavern Keepers

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The town tavern was both a transportation and information center for many rural communities and vital to community life. They were usually located at a place that made it an essential stopping point for travelers on foot, horseback or stagecoach. It was a gathering place for local folks as well as travelers stopping for food, drink, lodging and to fodder their horses and who brought news from distant cities or towns, which served as a fresh and timely source of information for the populace of rural communities. The tavern was a place for interaction, a place for meeting and sharing thoughts with others, a place for telling stories (and I bet a few good ones were spun over the years), a place for respite from foul weather or a trying journey, and home for the innkeeper and his family.

Tavern Keepers of Record

Isaac Glazier, son of Daniel Glazier who had built the tavern served as the first tavern proprietor from the time of its construction until his death on February 4, 1835.

Arial Eldridge served as the tavern keeper from 1835 to 1838. He bought the tavern property from Daniel Glazier in 1835. Arial Eldridge was Daniel Glazier's son in-law.

Alden Skinner was a tavern keeper of record from 1838 to 1839. He had purchased the tavern from Eldridge in March of 1838.

Fielder Heath closed out the period when a tavern was kept in the building. He bought the property, with buildings thereon standing in September of 1839. Town records indicate that town meetings, during the cold winter months, continued to be held in the ballroom of the tavern until 1840. The reasoning for using the ballroom was that the basement of the Town Meetinghouse, used for town meetings, lacked any form of heat.

During the time of the tavern, it served stagecoaches and travelers on two roads. The barn across the road (Northeast of the tavern and long gone) housed the horses that would replace the tired animals that had made the long journey to that point. The driver and passengers of the yellow stagecoach could relax from their rigorous journey and would be refreshed with food and drink before resuming their jarring coach ride.

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