Early 19th Century: A Transitional Period
At the start of the new century, the Widow Bingham’s inn had grown to eight guestrooms above the ground-floor public rooms where, on cool days, a fire always blazed in the hearth to welcome chilly travelers and townspeople alike. In 1807, the Widow Bingham sold the rustic post-and-beam inn for the sum of $10,000 to Main Street shopkeeper Silas Pepoon. To this day, Anna Bingham’s role in establishing The Red Lion Inn’s hallmark country hospitality is fondly recalled in the form of the popular Widow Bingham’s Tavern, with its convivial atmosphere and rustic, early-American ambiance.
At this time, the Berkshire region remained a farming community, with a few small factories in nearby towns. Patrons of the inn and its tavern were hardy travelers of the stagecoach era, local farmers and landowners. Over the years, the village of Stockbridge was transformed. By mid-century, several leading literary lights of the day, including Herman Melville, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr, had taken up residence in the Berkshires, bringing attention to the region as a source of artistic inspiration. In 1848 the Stockbridge House, as The Red Lion Inn was then known, expanded to be able to accommodate increasing numbers of guests.
- Revolutionary Era Beginnings
- Early 19th Century: A Transitional Period
- Late 19th Century: Growth in the Gilded Age
- The Turn of the 20th Century: One Family’s Legacy
- Mid-20th Century: A Transitional Period
- Late 20th Century: Rescued by the Fitzpatricks
- The 21st Century: History and Modernity in Harmony