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Landlord Fowler Tavern - Westfield, MA
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member neoc1
N 42° 07.070 W 072° 44.153
18T E 687167 N 4665340
Quick Description: The Landlord Fowler Tavern is located on the south side of Main Street, Route 20, and west of Exchange Street in Westfield.
Location: Massachusetts, United States
Date Posted: 1/29/2012 3:10:36 PM
Waymark Code: WMDM5F
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
Views: 1

Long Description:
The Landlord Fowler Tavern is an excellent example of a Georgian Colonial building. This three storey, clapboard sided, structure has a gambrel roof with three gabled dormers in the front, a central chimney and a frieze of dentals along the main cornice. The front is symmetrical with two windows on each side of the central doorway and five windows on the second floor. The side windows are not symmetrically placed. There are three windows on the first and second floors and a pair of windows on the third floor below a single attic window. The original doorway was removed by Wallace Nutting in 1920 and placed in the Early American Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. A replica of the original doorway features a Connecticut Valley broken scroll style pediment with Corinthian pilasters.

Landlord Fowler Tavern is of historical significance. Daniel Fowler was licensed to operate the tavern in 1761. In 1775 and 1776, he was a member of the Committee of Correspondence, Inspection, and Safety. The Committee met there and the military was mustered there as well. General Burgoyne, while being brought to Boston as a prisoner of war after his defeat at Saratoga, stayed at the inn. Hessian commander General Friedrich von Riesdesel was another Revolutionary War prisoner of war who stayed over at the tavern. When the Revolutionary War ended in 1783, residents celebrated by building building bonfires in front of the inn and roasting sheep.

From 1761 until approximately 1830, the Landlord Fowler Tavern lodged travelers along the Post Road. From 1830 to 1885 and from 1916 to the present the building served as a private residence. Between 1885 and 1916 H. C. Schaeffer bought the property and ran a cigar making business.
Street address:
171 Main Street
Westfield, MA United States

County / Borough / Parish: Hampden

Year listed: 1982

Historic (Areas of) Significance: Event, Architecture/Engineering

Periods of significance: 1750-1799

Historic function: Commerce/Trade, Domestic

Current function: Domestic

Privately owned?: yes

Primary Web Site: [Web Link]

Secondary Website 1: [Web Link]

Season start / Season finish: Not listed

Hours of operation: Not listed

Secondary Website 2: Not listed

National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed

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