Coventry in Tolland County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
The Bidwell House
By the 1880's most of the one hundred forty acres had been sold. In a 1901 seven page hand written mortgage of the property the Bidwell House was listed as consisting of “2½ acres, 33 room hotel, barn, auto garage, shed, hen coops, the right of using the two springs of water” and a list of the entire contents of the hotel including salt & pepper shakers and chamber pots. When Lydia Bidwell Josselyn
Mr. Navens and his family operated the hotel for 16 years. They added Pan-Am gas station and in 1933 leased part of the lower level to Frank Parker who opened a tavern. In 1937 Judd Fitch became the new owner. Subsequent tavern owners were Leo T. Flaherty in 1944 and Fred Flaherty in 1956. The property was sold in 1968 to T. Leo Flaherty and the tavern was converted to a Package Store. Since 1982 the property has changed hands four times and in the early 1980s, the hotel was converted to private apartments.
Location. Marker is in Coventry, Connecticut, in Tolland County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (Connecticut Route 31) and Monument Hill Road, on the right when traveling east on Main Street. Marker is in this post office area: Coventry CT 06238, United States of America.
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 24, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 10, 2019, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 40 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 10, 2019, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. 5, 6. submitted on November 10, 2019, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida.