Sheldon’s Tavern (1760)

July 8th, 2008 Posted in Colonial, Federal Style, Houses, Litchfield, Taverns & Inns

Sheldon's Tavern (1760)

The house built by Elisha Sheldon, on North Street in Litchfield in 1760, is commonly known as Sheldon’s Tavern, because it served as one in the late eighteenth century. There is a tradition that George Washington slept in the house. In 1795, the house’s then owner, Uriah Tracy, hired builder William Sprats to add the central pavilion and Palladian window, which resemble those of the house Sprats designed for Julius Deming across the street. Tracy was a US Congressman and Senator. His son-in-law, James Gould, was the partner of Tapping Reeve at the Litchfield Law School and continued running it after Reeve’s death. The Tavern, also once known as the Gould House, is notable for having shingles rather than the clapboards typical in the eighteenth century.

  1. 7 Responses to “Sheldon’s Tavern (1760)”

  2. By Chad Randall on Jan 24, 2014

    Its good to see where I used to live. Me and my family lived there from 1980 to 1984, i think. Now that i have boys I am happy to show them were i was brought up.

  3. By Jen Lavris on Jan 28, 2014

    My father built me a large (4 ft long, 3 ft high) dollhouse in the 1970s modeled after this tavern (he found a photo of it in a book). It has moved with me from place to place (is currently in California)and had been beaten up a bit. I have plans to restore it and hopefully send photos to the owners of the actual house someday.

  4. By Nick on Apr 9, 2014

    Is this a house museum open to the public, or privately owned?

  5. By Daniel on Apr 9, 2014

    Privately owned.

  6. By Anne on Dec 23, 2015

    Although Sheldon’s Tavern is a private home, this wonderfully detailed building and grounds is, often, included as one of many homes open in a house tour that benefits a local school.

    A half-century ago, when my grandparents owned Sheldon’s Tavern, our family enjoyed dressing in appropriate dress for this once-a-year not-for-profit tour.

  7. By Nancy on Jan 15, 2017

    I grew up there until I was 12 years old. My farther was the chauffeur and I lived over the garage. We visit every year

  8. By Chris on Sep 2, 2017

    We have a replica dollhouse of Sheldon’sTavern. It is amazing! We are thinking about selling it. Message me if you are interested.

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