Built circa 1795 by Ross Coon, a self-proclaimed physician and minister more famously remembered as having been a tavern-keeper “who kept a good bar,” this Federal Period home sits proudly on the village green in Haverhill Corner, New Hampshire. The Ross Coon Tavern is now a fully restored three-bedroom two-bath private residence, faithfully preserving period details that blend seamlessly with the conveniences of modern amenities and updated systems.
Crossing the threshold into the home from the spacious sunroom entrance, one is immediately transported back in time. From the historical color palette, to the 12 over 12 windows with antique wavy glass, to the curved pulpit staircase, the interior presents a wealth of preserved period details. Other historic features include wide pine flooring, five working Rumford fireplaces, and antique door hardware throughout. The center of the home is the large country kitchen and pantry equipped with custom hand-planed cabinetry by The Kennebec Company, honed granite sinks and countertops, and a full-size four-oven classic AGA cooker. Modern amenities include authentic reproduction lighting fixtures and Sub-Zero appliances.
Sited on a three-acre parcel of mostly open land and taking full advantage of its southern exposure, the home offers an abundance of natural light in a setting which is remarkably private given its village location. Professionally landscaped, the lot includes established perennial gardens, a stone patio, a hay field and a magnificent 19th century barn with a workshop, parking for two vehicles and an attached milk shed.
Haverhill Corner was once home to the county court system, and the village still includes two former courthouses. Several architecturally significant homes (The Bliss Tavern, The Williams Tavern, The Grafton Hotel, and The Ross Coon Tavern), which once catered to the traffic generated by the courts, now serve as private residences. Daniel Webster, one of Dartmouth College’s most illustrious graduates, was amongst those who argued cases in this picturesque shire town.
Only a 35-minute drive from Dartmouth College and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Haverhill Corner is also close to the White Mountains for hiking, fishing, skiing and breathtaking scenery. The Connecticut River, the boundary between New Hampshire and Vermont, is also a prominent feature of the local landscape and Bedell Bridge State Park, located in Haverhill, offers easy access to boaters and hikers.
The Ross Coon Tavern holds a special place in of Haverhill Corner and the Upper Valley region of Vermont and New Hampshire.It is rare to find a property that combines the essential elements of historic preservation with modern amenities and systems in such a convincing and compelling way as does this marvelous example of early American colonial architecture.
13 rooms including 3 bedrooms, plus 2 full baths; 3,400 sq. ft.
Five working fireplaces
Wide pine flooring
12-over-12 windows, most with old glass
Spacious country kitchen and pantry, with custom hand-planed cabinetry by The Kennebec Company, honed granite sinks and countertops, and a four-oven AGA cooker
Modern appliances, including built-in Sub-Zero refrigerator and freezer
Authentic reproduction lighting fixtures from Period Lighting Fixtures
Antique door hardware throughout
Vibrant trim colors of historic palette
Office with woodstove and exposed beams, plank walls
First Floor Master Bedroom
Marble bath countertops and tub surround
Mudroom/laundry with antique soapstone set-tub and soapstone countertops, stacking Miele washer and drier
South-facing sunroom with slate floor and radiant heat
Wired for internet and cable
Level 3-acre lot on a picturesque New England village green
Established perennial gardens; stone patio
19th century post and beam barn with workshop, parking for two vehicles, and an attached milk shed