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Bliss Hotel

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1806. Main St. at Goshen Rd., Bradford village
  • Bliss Hotel (Photograph by Curtis B. Johnson, C. B. Johnson Photography)

Bliss Hotel is a rare survivor in the Connecticut River Valley, an early-nineteenth-century, wood-frame stagecoach hotel. It has a recessed two-story “piazza,” a traveler-oriented feature that was characteristic of early stagecoach hotels throughout the state. Unlike contemporary stagecoach taverns west and north of the valley, this hotel has the broad and low, five-bay gable-front form then becoming popular for large houses in the area, an indication that commercial use and residential use arose in tandem. The hotel retains the name of its most famous proprietor, Ellis Bliss, who ran it from about 1840 until his death in 1870. During his tenure, the top half story, which accommodated one long, coved ballroom, was reportedly the focus of the village's social life, hosting military balls and other dances. By 1900 the building housed three stores, other small shops, and rooms. Today it is a grocery/deli and apartments.

Writing Credits

Glenn M. Andres and Curtis B. Johnson


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Glenn M. Andres and Curtis B. Johnson, "Bliss Hotel", [Bradford, Vermont], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Vermont

Buildings of Vermont, Glenn M. Andres and Curtis B. Johnson. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2013, 336-336.

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