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Wayside Inn (Wilkinson's Tavern, Larrick's Hotel)

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Wilkinson's Tavern, Larrick's Hotel
c. 1797; c. 1900; 1986 renovated. 7783 Main St.

One of the oldest continuously operating inns in the nation, it claimed the title of “America's First Motor Inn” in the 1930s when the Valley Pike was paved. Local tradition maintains that the current building was constructed by Israel Wilkinson. Jacob Larrick purchased the inn after the Civil War. At the turn of the twentieth century, frame additions were made to the two-story, five-bay, gable-roofed brick building, and in the early twentieth century, it was renamed the Wayside Inn. The long building has a nineteen-bay Colonial Revival porch running along the facade. The inn was restored in the 1980s, after a fire in 1985 destroyed a large part of the building.

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Anne Carter Lee

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