Old Brick Tavern
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No doubt anticipating a brisk business, Paul Willard, in 1804, built the Old Brick Tavern near Route 2 and Shirley Road. About the same time, the Union Turnpike Company planned and built a road providing a link for travel from Boston to Albany, Greenfield and Brattleboro. The road passed by the tavern. In fact, a tollhouse was established at its crossing of Shirley Road. Within a year, however, the Bolton and Lancaster Turnpike, with its easier grades, opened. That route, through the North Village, received more traffic. In the 1870s, the Shakers bought the property and added the mansard roof. They did not occupy the building themselves but leased it to others to be run as a boardinghouse. Through the years, the building has been used as a retreat house, as quarters for officers during World War I, and as a private convalescent hospital. Today, it is a private residence.
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Published in: Images of America, Lancaster / Heather Maurer Lennon. Charleston, SC ; Chicago IL ; Portsmouth NH ; San Francisco CA. : Arcadia Publishing, 2001
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