‚ÄčThe Tavern on Main was built in the early 1700's. It was originally

a two and a half story colonial dwelling, built on a stone foundation.

The founders started with a huge center fireplace (the upper portions

unfortunately, have been removed over the years) as a building block.

Framed walls and floors extended from the fireplace using hand hewn 

native chesnut and oak lumber in a post and beam construction. These 

beams and timbers are evident throughout the building as it stands today.

The village of Chepachet was the site of the most controversial political

upheavals in Rhode Island's history. In 1842, Chepachet resident Thomas 

Door, a well respected lawyer was a duly elected Rhode Island governor

by the people's party. The incumbent governor, Samuel King refused to

step down. Governor Door called the RI general assembly to convene in

this building on July 4, 1842.

The struggle for power prompted Governor King to order a general call

to arms to quell Dorr's rebellion. King's forces arrived to do battle with

Dorr's troops who were entrenced atop Acote's Hill (Cemetery Hill located

1/4 mile east on Rte. 44 on the left). Dorr, realizing that he was out 

numbered and outgunned, withdrew the night before King's troops

arrived. King and all his men fired right into the front door of the building.

Shots were fired through a locked tavern door. Horace Bordeen was 

struck in the thigh. Jedediah Sprague (tavernkeeper in 1842) in order 

to save his patrons and establishment, was forced to submit to King's

troops and he allowed them lodging. This occupation of troops

continued throughout the summer, much to tavernkeepr Sprague's dismay.

An 1844 volume discloses that these troops consumed 37 gallons of

Brandy, 29 gallons of West India Rum, 34 flasks of liquor, dozens of

bottles of old Madeira and Sherry, 12 dozen bottles of Champagne,

 and 2 dozen bottles of cider. In addition, 820 bushels of oats, 17 tons

 of hay, 50 bushels of corn, 16 bushels of meal, and a quarter ton

 of straw were consumed. 2,400 dinners were served, and 11,500

 cigars the soldiers enjoyed. All these items were charged and 

Jedediah Sprague never collected a penny for this bill.

The 20th century has witnessed many owner changes at the Tavern on Main.

First, as a drab apartment building, a billiard parlor, a pub, then a restaurant,

upgraded as it passed to each new Tavernkeeper. The Tavern on Main

has once again assumed its position in today's busy, competitive 

community, and has contunued to maintain its popularity. The

tradition of hospitality will always continue at the Tavern on Main.

Tavern On Main circa 1930

1157 Putnam Pike | Chepachet, Rhode Island, 02814 | 401.710.9788