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Rockingham in Windham County, Vermont — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Hotel Windham / Andrews Inn

 
 
Hotel Windham / Andrews Inn Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dennis Gilkenson, July 1, 2020
1. Hotel Windham / Andrews Inn Marker
Inscription.  
Hotel Windham
A hotel has occupied this site on the Square since 1817. Destroyed by fires, the hotel was rebuilt on four occasions. It was first christened the Hotel Windham in 1902.
Offering lodging and entertainment, the hotel was touted as “a first-class hotel in every respect and worthy of the patronage of the best traveling public.” As Vermont’s ski slopes opened in the 20th century it hosted snow-train tourists.
Designed by the Boston firm of Harper & West, the current Hotel Windham is a Georgian Revival-style building, erected in 1933 to replace the hotel that burned the previous year. A unique feature is the 1851 tunnel for the Vermont Valley Railroad underneath the hotel’s ballroom. Hotel Windham was restored in 2008-2010.
Andrews Inn
In 1973 Hotel Windham was reopened as Andrews Inn by a local resident whose parents owned the property. Offering a bar, disco, and hotel, it soon became a destination for tourists and locals who were part of the emerging gay pride movement.
The inn was sold in 1979 to a same-sex couple who continued the tradition
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By Dennis Gilkenson, July 1, 2020
2. Hotel Windham / Andrews Inn Marker
of openly welcoming gays and lesbians at a time when there were few such places in Vermont. Local response to Andrews Inn was mixed, but inn guests and residents joined on many occasions as attitudes toward the LGBT community evolved.
A unique gathering place dedicated to gay and lesbian people, their families and allies, Andrews Inn prevailed for more than a decade. It closed on April 1, 1984.
 
Erected 2020 by Vermont Division for Historic Preservation.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings.
 
Location. 43° 8.028′ N, 72° 26.628′ W. Marker is in Rockingham, Vermont, in Windham County. Marker is at the intersection of Westminster Street and The Square, on the right when traveling north on Westminster Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bellows Falls VT 05101, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bellows Falls Canal (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Waypoint Center (about 700 feet away); Bellows Falls (about 700 feet away); First Connecticut River Bridge (approx. half a mile away in New Hampshire); John Kilburn Cabin (approx. 1˝ miles away in New Hampshire); Rev. John Williams
Hotel Windham / Andrews Inn marker in front of the hotel. image. Click for full size.
By Dennis Gilkenson, July 1, 2020
3. Hotel Windham / Andrews Inn marker in front of the hotel.
(approx. 3.1 miles away); Rockingham Meetinghouse (approx. 4.3 miles away); The Westminster Massacre (approx. 4.3 miles away).
 
Additional keywords. LGBQT Railroad
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 6, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 2, 2020, by Dennis Gilkenson of Saxtons River, Vermont. This page has been viewed 92 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 2, 2020, by Dennis Gilkenson of Saxtons River, Vermont. • Michael Herrick was the editor who published this page.
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