No Room at the Inn by Diane Martell
Across from the former Brookfield Inn
on West Main Street (Route 9), is a memorial that designates this part
of the road as the George Washington Memorial Highway. In 1789, our first
President traveled through five of the New England states. (Rhode Island
had not yet ratified the US Constitution.) This tour has become the basis
for all of the “George
Washington slept here” claims, and was his last visit to New England.
From this work, we know that the President had breakfast at the tavern of William Scott in Palmer on October 22, had dinner at the Hitchcock tavern in West Brookfield, now know as Ye Old Tavern. He fed his horses in Brookfield, and spent the night at the tavern of Isaac Jenks in Spencer. It seems the party would have spent the night in Brookfield except for an unfortunate incident.
In 1889, Spencer celebrated the 100 th anniversary of the night the President stopped by and the following poem was written, detailing the events of that day in 1789 when George Washington did not sleep here.
A kitchen and an L beside