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.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1822.
Location. 41° 46.11′ N, 72° 18.142′ W. 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. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Coventry CT 06238, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. E.A. Tracy Wool Extract and Shoddy Mill (within shouting distance of this marker); The Tracy Shoddy Mill (within shouting distance of this marker); The Washburn Mill & The Visitor’s CenterThomas H. Wood’s Silk Mill (about 400 feet away); South Coventry Village (about 500 feet away); Warfield Pond (about 500 feet away); The First Congregational Church (about 600 feet away); John Boynton’s Mill (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Coventry.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 25, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 10, 2019, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 53 times since then and 3 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.