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State of Vermont

House of Representatives

Montpelier, Vermont

Joint Concurrent House Resolution

H.C.R. 262

House concurrent resolution congratulating the Middlebury Inn on its receipt of a 2008 Vermont Centennial Business Award

Offered by:  Representatives Nuovo of Middlebury and Maier of Middlebury

Offered by:  Senators Ayer and Giard

Whereas, in the heart of Middlebury, at 14 Court Square, is the site at which Samuel Mattocks Jr.’s tavern was constructed in 1794, and where today stands an impressive brick hotel, and

Whereas, a raging fire demolished the tavern in 1816, and over a decade later, in 1827, Nathan Wood built an imposing new brick “public house” named the Vermont Hotel that served as a fitting place of accommodation for visitors to this thriving academic town, and

Whereas, a change of ownership in 1852 also brought a new name to the hotel, the Addison House, that would remain associated with this public accommodation for the next century, and

Whereas, a subsequent owner, Darwin Ridder, implemented improvements to the hotel in 1865 and offered carriage service for his patrons to the railroad station and livery depot, and

Whereas, at the close of the 19th century, in 1897, new owners, Robert Cartmell and Allen Calhoun, retrofitted this now‑aging dowager of a hotel for the new century, constructing a three‑floor addition, a new kitchen, and a dining room, and bringing modern conveniences to the building, installing bathtubs, electric lights, and steam heat, and

Whereas, during the roaring 20s, the Middlebury Hotel Corporation, a stock company whose owners were local business men, purchased the building and in 1927, the new owners reopened the newly refurbished hotel under its current name, the Middlebury Inn, and

Whereas, in 1968, the Treadway Company expanded the Middlebury Inn again, this time with 20 modern annex rooms, and as an architectural contrast, the inn now includes the adjacent historic Porter Mansion’s nine Victorian‑era guestrooms, and

Whereas, the management of the Middlebury Inn has continued to attend to the hotel’s upkeep and most recently has added a Waterfalls Day Spa, making the Inn a destination in its own right, and

Whereas, in recognition of its longevity and continuing vitality, the Middlebury Inn was presented a 2008 Vermont Centennial Business Award at a state house ceremony on March 27, and

Whereas, the secretary of state, Vermont Business Magazine, and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce cosponsor this accolade to honor those businesses in the state that have proven their durability and have remained successful despite the passage of at least a century, and often far longer, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the Middlebury Inn on its receipt of a 2008 Vermont Centennial Business Award, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Jeff Costello at the Middlebury Inn.


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The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont