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NO. R-13. JOINT RESOLUTION congratulating the Old Tavern at Grafton on the occasion of its Bicentennial Anniversary.

(J.R.H. 7)

Offered by: Representatives Obuchowski of Rockingham and Partridge of Windham.

Whereas, weary travelers have long cherished the warmth and hospitality that is the Old Tavern at Grafton's hallmark, and

Whereas, this venerable lodging establishment is among Vermont's most enduring inns, and

Whereas, the Old Tavern's history commenced in 1801 when Enos Lovell decided to convert his two-story Grafton home into an inviting inn that would provide nourishment, and a respite from the road, for the passing sojourner, and

Whereas, during the early nineteenth century, the Old Tavern at Grafton thrived under the proprietorship of Enos Lovell, and was highly respected when Hyman Burgess assumed ownership in 1823, and

Whereas, prior to the Civil War, the Old Tavern served as Grafton's commercial and civic center including service as the local courthouse, and

Whereas, during the post-Civil War ownership of the Phelps brothers, Francis and Harlan, the familiar porches were added, and the Old Tavern developed a reputation as a favorite destination for renowned literary and political personalities, and

Whereas, the Old Tavern's celebrity visitors have included Ralph Waldo Emerson, Ulysses S. Grant, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Rudyard Kipling, Theodore Roosevelt, and Woodrow Wilson, and

Whereas, while the Old Tavern's glory declined through the early and middle years of the last century, this venerable institution has been renovated and its glorious reputation more than fully rehabilitated under the benevolent ownership of the Windham Foundation which purchased the facility in 1965, and

Whereas, beginning on New Year's Eve 2000, the Old Tavern's management embarked on a yearlong array of spectacular bicentennial commemorations, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly is pleased to congratulate the Old Tavern at Grafton on the occasion of its Bicentennial Anniversary, and extends best wishes for continued good fortune as the Old Tavern commences its third century under the capable leadership of Windham Foundation President, and former Speaker of the House, Stephan A. Morse, and Innkeeper Kevin G. O'Donnell, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Kevin G. O'Donnell at the Old Tavern at Grafton.