Mixer Tavern (1710)

June 8th, 2017 Posted in Ashford, Colonial, Taverns & Inns

The oldest sections of the Mixer Tavern, a five-bay, wood-frame building at 14 Westford Road [the intersection of Westford Road (CT 89) and Pompey Hollow Road (US 44)] in Ashford, date to 1710, the year John Mixer (born 1667/8) purchased the property and applied for a tavern license. In 1722 he moved to Suffield. From 1757 to 1799, the Tavern was known as Clark’s Tavern, owned and operated by Benjamin Clark. The Marquis de Chastellux and four other French officers of Rochambeau’s army stopped here on November 5, 1782. It was next owned by Joseph Palmer, a doctor and brigadier general in the militia. The Palmer family owned it until 1845. In later years, it was called the General Palmer Inn and the Pompey Hollow Inn. The building has been expanded over the years and underwent restoration in the 1920s and again since then. It is now a private residence.

  1. 2 Responses to “Mixer Tavern (1710)”

  2. By Will on Jun 9, 2017

    I love that wood-frame look. If only they would trim back those tree to show it’s true beauty.

  3. By Heather on Dec 10, 2017

    When my family and lived in this house from 1967 to 2001, it was impeccably maintained. My parents were devoted to its historical integrity, and were instrumental in having it placed on the National Register of Historic Places. It hurts to see this photo of all the overgrowth.

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