Photo of the Squires Tavern - June 2002. A new coat of paint, new wood shingles, chimneys repaired, porch repaired, foundation and sills repaired and drainage improved...progress!
Current Focus of the Historical Society: The Squire's Tavern Project
The Barkhamsted Historical Society has leased the building known as the Squires Tavern located in Peoples Forest at 100 East River Road, Barkhamsted. We are well into the goal of preserving this building and implementing a plan of restoration.
This is a big project and we can use YOUR help. If you would like to sit in on our Historical Society meetings, please feel free to attend. If you like what you hear and want to get more involved that would be great!
Squire's Tavern open to the public each Wednesday 9 to noon and (starting May 6) Sunday 1 to 3 p.m.
New Hours! Starting May 6, 2007 the Squires Tavern is open to the public on Sundays 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. This is in addition to our current hours on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to noon. Barkhamsted Historical Society is restoring the historic building at Peoples Forest called Squire's Tavern. The work is well along and we invite you to stop by to check it out. Although we are still working on the project there is still a lot to see. Guides can show you around the building and also give you some background on Barkhamsted history in general. Stop by and take a look!
More information on this project:
1. Squire's Tavern strategic plan with our goals for this project.
2. The Squire's Tavern work log formerly associated with this page has been moved to and incorporated with the Barkhamsted Historical Society Log.
3. Newspaper articles and other publicity on the project.
4. History of the Squire's Tavern- we keep adding items so check often. We now have more detailed information on the Ullmann family.
5. Help us raise funds with a special Yankee Magazine subscription.
Squire's Tavern First Open House - Sunday, July 15, 2001!
The weather was great and a fun time was had by all as the Squire's Tavern was open for inspection by neighbors, friends, supporters and the curious. A special ceremony marked the transfer of the building from the State Department of Environmental Protection to the Town of Barkhamsted and the Barkhamsted Historical Society. A cart drawn by a team of oxen delivered officials to the ceremony. See photos of the special day below.
People entering the Squire's Tavern to inspect the interior.
Fred Warner of the Barkhamsted Historical Society covers some Squire's Tavern history.
Ceremony marking the transfer of the Squire's Tavern from the State to the Barkhamsted Historical Society. Officials were transported to the ceremony by ox cart (oxen seen at right).
Squire's Tavern Work Parties
We frequently have work parties at the Squire's Tavern. These are usually on Wednesday mornings from 9:00 to noon and involve several volunteers who get together for some coffee, conversation and oh yes, some work. For example, one morning we took down a modern interior bathroom wall and removed the debris. If you would like to join us, send us an e-mail to find out when the next work party will be or just take a chance and drop by on any given Wednesday morning to see if we are there. The Squire's Tavern is located at 100 East River Road, Barkhamsted, CT, about 1 mile north of the bridge in Pleasant Valley. Our e-mail address is: