Hancock’s Summer Day Camp showed-up at the Inn for a tour and to learn a little about the history of the Inn, which has been in business ever since George Washington was President.
No George Washington did not stay here. But Franklin Pierce, our 14th President, who was born down the road in Hillsborough, NH, did – probably lots of times. He was great friends with the owner of the Inn in the mid-19th century, David Patten, known as Squire Patten. Squire Patten was a New Hampshire State Legislator.
Which makes us want to mention the couple who have been here with their niece this past week as part of their visit to the Franklin Pierce homestead in Hillsborough. They devised the idea to take their niece on trips to visit every Presidential homestead in America. They’ve been at it, off and on, for a few years. This, we think, is a wonderful idea. What a gift. What a thing to remember as you grow older.
We’ve had lots of people stop at the inn over the past few years taking-up the Thrillist web site challenge to have a beer in the oldest tavern in each state. If anyone at Thrillist is looking for new challenges to promote, here’s one that’s good for practically all ages: visit each Presidential homestead.