BLACK TAVERN IN DUDLEY, MASS

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The Black Tavern in Dudley, Ma was built by Hezekiah and Becca Healy in 1804.  The tavern was located in the middle of the Boston to Hartford stagecoach route.  It catered to travelers and locals.  Hezekiah died suddenly in 1817.  Becca and her daughters ran the tavern for another five years.  They then used it as a family home.  It stayed in the family until the 1900's.  Very little work or renovations were done on the Tavern.  It fell into disrepair and was facing demolition.

In 1983 the Black Tavern Historical Society was formed for the express purpose of saving the building.  Their Herculean task was daunting.  It was structurally unsound.  Termites, pests and dry rot ate away at the sills and other structural members.  The BTHS raised the money to buy the lumber and other materials.  Volunteers labored hundreds of hours rebuilding the Tavern.  The BTHS appealed to everyone and anyone.  The Dudley Elementary School kids raised money for the Tavern.  The success of the project became a source of public pride.  They did it!  It is a perfect example of 1800's living.  The attached barn is the latest renovation project.

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David Gibson
Broker / Owner Colorado Home Sales LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
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200+ years of tales the walls could tell. How things have changed since 1804. What will the next 200 years bring?

Sep 17, 2011 11:52 AM #1
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Li Read
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Great idea, and glad that this structure was preserved.

Sep 17, 2011 12:34 PM #2
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Eric Crane -- Your Full Service, Discount Fee Realtor®
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Hi, Conrad -- nice localism post.  The property certainly has a lot of eye appeal!  I hope that you have a very nice weekend, Regards, Eric ^0-0^

Sep 17, 2011 12:39 PM #3
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Rob Thomas
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Conrad.....I would love to hear some of the stories of things that happened there in it's hay-day.....Nice post!
Hope you have a great weekend!---Rob

Go Vols!

Game of The Day.....Tennessee vs Florida

Sep 17, 2011 03:19 PM #4
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Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

It scare me to think about the next 20 years David.

Me too Sea.

Thanks Eric.

Isn't that the truth Rob.

Sep 17, 2011 07:39 PM #5
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James Dray
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I'm interested to know if they kept with the inside of the period?  were they able to save any of the furniture?

Sep 18, 2011 07:16 AM #6
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Conrad Allen
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Hi James - The interior and exterior are a reproduction of the 1800's house.  They had lots of furniture donated typical of that era.

Sep 18, 2011 07:47 AM #7
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