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  • The Red Lion Inn Front Porch, 1910
  • Historic Red Lion Inn Dining Room
  • Historic Side Parlor
  • The Red Lion Inn, 1970
  • The Red Lion Inn fire, 1896
  • The Red Lion Inn, facade
  • 2013 Staff Photo

Revolutionary Era Beginnings

Before this nation was born, some time around 1773, Silas and Anna Bingham established a general store in the western reaches of the colony of Massachusetts, in the village of Stockbridge, on the road that connected Boston to Albany. Among their earliest customers were some of Ethan Allen’s Green Mountain Boys, who purchased goods on their way to capture Fort Ticonderoga.

The Binghams’ humble market soon evolved into a stagecoach stop, tavern and inn, under the crest of a red lion waving a green tail. It is believed that while the red lion symbolized the British Crown, the green tail indicated sympathy for the cause of independence during the Revolutionary War.

Travel at the time was difficult and uncomfortable, and the Bingham’s modest tavern soon became a popular and welcome haven for weary travelers, as well as the center of village life, where community members would gather, exchange pleasantries, discuss the issues of the time, and relax at the end of the day. Among the topics under discussion were certainly the War of Independence and the confederation of the United States of America.

Silas Bingham died in 1781, leaving Anna, called “Widow Bingham,” as the first businesswoman of Berkshire County. In the winter of 1786, Daniel Shays led a group of more than 100 local farmers and citizens in protest of burdensome post-war taxation. Stockbridge was chosen as the headquarters for what became known as “Shays’ Rebellion,” and sentinels stood guard and patrolled the streets. The Widow Bingham endured an invasion of her inn by the Shaysite rebels in 1781. The Red Lion Inn’s role in these early American events earned it a place in the history books.

Our Management Team

Nancy Fitzpatrick
Owner & President
Sarah Eustis
Owner/Managing Director
Chef Brian J. Alberg
Executive Chef and Vice President of Culinary Development
Janet Eason
Vice President of Marketing and Communications
Andy Huppe
Chief Financial Officer
Michele Kotek
General Manager
Anne-Juliette Maurice
Vice President of Operations
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