The Old Talbott Tavern

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    The stone portion of the Talbott Tavern dates before 1790...probably built to serve as Salem Academy. The first owner of record about 1800, William Rose Hynes began to add brick wings to the stone part.

    He started the tavern operation with the first license about 1805. It became known as the Hynes House, serving as a stage coach stop on the Louisville-Nashville Turnpike through the 19th century.

    Another west side brick wing was added about 1840 and the resulting lobby area was enclosed by George Talbott in 1905.

    During his tenure the Hynes House became the Talbott Tavern. It has now operated continuously for 200 years offering food, drink and lodging to travelers and guests from all over the world, both famous and commoner.

    JohnnyEnglish, Ange Halle, and klee79 added this photo to their favorites.

    1. dok1 105 months ago | reply

      That crosswalk leads a viewer's eyed right to the historic building. An teresting caption.

      Seen on your photo stream. (?)

    2. cindy47452 105 months ago | reply

      Thank you. I really liked the effect the crosswalk added to this shot. It's slanted because this block is a circle. Worked out good.

    3. Ange Halle 103 months ago | reply

      I love houses with history. Thanks for sharing the image and the story.

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