Manchester Vermont Restaurant Ye Olde Tavern
Historic Photo of Ye Old Tavern
Historic Photo of Ye Old Tavern
Historic Photo of Ye Old Tavern
OUR STORY... From the moment you arrive, the feeling of 18th-century New England envelopes you. Our genteel colonial tavern catered to the Vermont Green Mountain Boys and the politically influential before, during, and after Vermont became a state. The Tavern was where the elite met to eat and drink. The atmosphere at Ye Olde Tavern  is one of simple elegance as befitting statesmen and the gentry who often dined and socialized here.

Aaron Sheldon

Ye Olde Tavern  wears its more than 200 years with style and grace. Built by Dorset, Vermont master builder Aaron Sheldon, it is distinguished by the sprung floor on its 3rd floor ballroom and the high square columns of its porch. Originally called the Stagecoach Inn, it was built while Vermont was still an independent republic, its statehood opposed by the hated "Yorkers" until 1791.

Around 1850, while known as Lockwood's Hotel, the marble porch was added. In 1860, Steven Thayer purchased the inn and for the next 50 years it was known as "Thayer's Hotel".  The 1st telephone line in Manchester was installed at the inn, connectiong the hotel guests with the railroad station and the South Dorset marble quarry. In 1896, the Ormsby Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, named for the sister of Revolutionary War hero Gideon Ormsby, was formed and met at our tavern.

In 1902, as the Fairview Hotel, the tavern became headquarters for the movement to license the sale of "spirituous beverages". Two years later, revocation of the license closed the hotel.

After the installation of electricity in 1924, Walter Clemons-McGuire re-opened the tavern as a hotel and antique shop. To this day, many of the curios, framed material, and some furniture can be traced back to Mr. McGuire.

Extensive and careful restoration in 1975 by Susan & Peter Palmer allowed the tavern to be re-opened in time for the 1976 Bicentennial. At that time, the name changed to Ye Olde Tavern and it was listed by the Vermont Register of Historic Places. Stenciling throughout recreates patterns typical of Mose Eaton, an early itinerant stenciler. His work repeats the pineapple motif, a colonial symbol of hospitality that is found throughout the building.

In 2001 we became the proprietors of Ye Olde Tavern, We now invite you to enjoy the delightfully uneven floors, slanting doorways, fireplaces, and antique furnishings reminiscent of a bygone era, as you enjoy the modern hospitality of our historic inn.

Minna & Michael Brandt, Your Hosts

J. Cassandra Bender, General Manager

Clifton Cooper, Head Chef

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Ye Old Tavern in Manchester, Vermont
Colonial Dining Room One of Ye Olde Tavern's Fireplaces
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