GILMANTON — A New Hampshire architectural treasure located in the heart of the Lakes Region of New Hampshire, the historic Temperance Tavern is an elegantly restored 14-room, 18th century Colonial in the center of the Gilmanton Historic District. The Tavern and the twin two-story carriage barn was built from the planks of the king’s lumber, and the six working open-hearth fireplaces, Indian window shutters and the original period wall stenciling throughout only enhance the charm and historical importance of The Tavern.
There are five well-appointed guest rooms, each with the modern conveniences and its own private bath. Two of the bedrooms have working fireplaces, and two of the other guest rooms were converted from what was once the original ballroom that at one time housed boarding students from the prestigious Gilmanton Academy (circa 1850) which was a feeder school to Dartmouth College. Another guest room was used in 1828 as a Masonic Meeting Room for Monticello Lodge #54. The room, and the fireplace andirons are decorated with Masonic emblems.
The Common Room on the second floor of The Tavern once served as the Circuit Court House with private Chambers for the judge.
The Tap Room, once a pub, functioning today as a venue for special gatherings, accommodates approximately 75 to 100 people for weddings, anniversaries, reunions and other special occasions. The booth in The Tap Room once served as the Post Office for Gilmanton, and today serves as the perfect bar.
For over 100 years, The Tavern served as the overnight stagecoach stop on the Canada to Dover Road public stagecoach line. The Tavern’s gravity-fed Spring supplies water: a 17th century battle between Native Americans and early settlers was fought over the rights of usage.
Under the ownership of Rebecca and Robert Ronstadt, “The Temperance Tavern” continues its tradition of providing lodging for travelers.
In addition, a fine art gallery is located in what was once the pub, and is the home of The Journal of the Print World, a publication devoted to antique and contemporary works of fine art on paper. Original works as well as authorized reproduction prints in all price ranges by well-known artists will be found in the gallery, including etchings, mezzotints, block prints, lithographs, solarplate etchings, spit bites, screen prints, monoprints, watercolors, paintings, digital prints and photography.
The Temperance Tavern is the site of Temperance Tavern Country Foods, an expanding line of jams, jellies, preserves, biscuit mixes, barbecue sauces, marinades, salsas, soup bases and its magnificent honey.
Located in the heart of the Lakes Region of New Hampshire, The Temperance Tavern is minutes from the Canterbury Shaker Village, the New Hampshire International Speedway, Lake Winnipesaukee, and the Gunstock Mountain Ski & Recreation area. Gilmanton also is an excellent area for boating on Lake Winnipesaukee, canoeing, hiking, biking, picnics, touring and many of the activities for which New Hampshire is well known.
The Temperance Tavern is easily accessible from the state capitol at Concord, and the Manchester airport, which is only 40 minutes door to door. Tax-free New Hampshire shopping is in abundance with regard to antiques as well as two brand new outlet facilities. L. L. Bean in Concord and the Tilton Tanger Outlet Center.
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