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House (Eagle Tavern)

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Eagle Tavern
c. 1790. The Green at VT 140, East Poultney village
  • House (Eagle Tavern) (Photograph by Curtis B. Johnson, C. B. Johnson Photography)

Although long a private dwelling, the two-story, wood-frame former Eagle Tavern is the most stylish eighteenth-century tavern and inn extant in Vermont (the claims of many other inns actually dating from after 1800 notwithstanding). Originally a pre-Revolutionary tavern, reputedly a meeting place of the Green Mountain Boys, about 1790 the tavern was remodeled into its present enlarged form. It has a broad hipped roof that shelters a monumental portico on two sides supported by twelve irregularly spaced slender columns, each originally made from a single spruce log. Facing the green, the main entrance has a wide doorway framed by fluted pilasters, sidelights, and a broad pediment with dentil course, in keeping with other local vernacular Georgian designs. Despite much rearranging and twentieth-century “restoration,” the second-floor ballroom remains intact.

Writing Credits

Glenn M. Andres and Curtis B. Johnson


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Glenn M. Andres and Curtis B. Johnson, "House (Eagle Tavern)", [Poultney, 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, 94-95.

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