“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Calais in Washington County, Vermont — The American Northeast (New England)

Historic Kent Tavern

Historic Kent Tavern Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Bergeron, November 12, 2012
1. Historic Kent Tavern Marker
Ira Kent home seen in background.
Inscription. This brick tavern was built by Abdiel Kent between 1833 and 1837. It served as his home, and from 1837 to 1846 was a stagecoach stop on the road from Montpelier to Canada. The Kent family settled in Calais in 1798 and this section of town is known as Kents Corners. One of Abdiel's six brothers, Ira Kent, lived in the white clapboard house across the street. Together from 1837 until 1860 the operated I&A Kent Store in the two story wooden addition on the tavern. The Kent family owned the property until 1916 and at various times and places in town made and sold shoes and boots, ran a brickyard and sawmill, and farmed. The barn is the only survivor of several outbuildings that stood on this property. Louise Andrews Kent, the best selling author of the "Mrs. Appleyard" series of books, convinced her cousin, A. Atwater Kent, the radio inventor and magnate, to purchase his great uncle's home and restore it as a museum in 1930.
Erected 1997 by Vermont Division for Historic Preservation.
Location. 44° 22.122′ N, 72° 29.123′ W. Marker is near Calais, Vermont, in Washington County. Marker is at the intersection of Kent Hill Road and Old West Church Road, on the right when traveling east on Kent Hill Road. Click for map
Historic Kent Tavern image. Click for full size.
By Steve Bergeron, November 12, 2012
2. Historic Kent Tavern
. This location is on dirt and gravel back roads which may be in poor condition in winter/spring. Marker is in this post office area: Calais VT 05648, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. North Montpelier Historic District (approx. 4.9 miles away); Montpelier Recreation Field (approx. 7.5 miles away); Senator William Upham (approx. 8.5 miles away); Ethan Allen (approx. 8.7 miles away); State House (approx. 8.8 miles away); Ammi B. Young (approx. 8.8 miles away); Fisher Bridge (approx. 11.7 miles away); Reverend George S. Brown (approx. 12.5 miles away).
Also see . . .  Kent's Corner Historic District - National Park Service. (Submitted on November 24, 2012, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Steve Bergeron of Milton, Vermont. This page has been viewed 309 times since then and 90 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Steve Bergeron of Milton, Vermont. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on August 24, 2016.
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