Historic Smith's Tavern

In the 18th and 19th Centuries Smith's Tavern served the public as a militia headquarters, taproom, town hall, stagecoach stop, voting place and post office. In the 20th century it became a restaurant, private residence and Sunday school. The kitchen beams show nearly three centuries of sway. Some floor boards are 20 inches wide, and the iron hooks are still in the milkroom ceiling. The beehive oven still works. This earliest part of the building is where the militia met and early town meetings were held. See the small innkeeper's bedroom just off the old kitchen. The taproom hold Capt. John Smith's tavern license, and nearby hangs Maria Hobby Smith's sampler, now over two centuries old. A silver caudle cup, said to have been used by General Washington in passing through North Castle during the Revolution, is displayed on the opposite wall. Visit the meeting room where large gatherings and dances were held. Climb the ancient stairs to see the Thorne Collection of early household implements and farm tools.