Wyman Tavern

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Built in 1762 in the Georgian architectural style, the Wyman Tavern was in operation as a public house for 40 years.  Today it stands as one of the most historic buildings in Cheshire County and is open in the summer months for tours and events.

Some important New Hampshire events took place at the Wyman House during its operation as a tavern.  On October 22, 1770, the Trustees of Dartmouth College, under President Eleazar Wheelock, met at the Wyman Tavern to hold their first meeting.  Five years later, 29 Minutemen gathered at the Tavern to march to Lexington at the outbreak of the American Revolution on April 15, 1775.  From 1818 to 1873, the Rev. Zedekiah Smith Barstow, who served for 50 years as minister of Keene’s First Church, made his home there as a parsonage.  Salmon Chase, Secretary of the Treasury in President Lincoln’s cabinet and the 6th chief justice of the United States, went to school there.

339 Main Street

Keene, New Hampshire

June through August
Thursday – Saturday
11 am – 4 pm

Tours may also be arranged by appointment

 

Please become a Tavern Keeper to keep the Wyman Tavern operating

The Wyman Tavern is Keene’s most historic house and the Historical Society of Cheshire County’s most important artifact. The Wyman Tavern costs $300 per week to operate, which covers staffing, electricity, maintenance, insurance, security, and more. You can underwrite a week of operating the Wyman Tavern and become a Tavern Keeper by making a $300 contribution.

RENTAL SPACE

North Parlor

Meeting room with one bathroom. No kitchen facilities.

Capacity: 30 persons. Not handicapped accessible.

Available May through October. Limited parking in front of Carriage Shed (primarily for handicapped and loading/unloading). Parking on street or behind the Historical Society of Cheshire County (designated HSCC spots at 246 Main Street).

Rental rates:

  • Non-profit organizations:$75/half-day, $150/full-day
    • $20/hour attendant fee when used outside Wyman Tavern hours
  • For-profit and private functions:$150/half-day, $300/full-day
    • $20/hour attendant fee when used outside Wyman Tavern hours

Wyman Tavern Back Lawn

Large grassy area, with limited parking for vehicles with handicapped plates and for loading/unloading.

Available May through October.

Parking is on street or behind the Historical Society of Cheshire County (designated HSCC spots at 246 Main Street). If tents or portable toilets are required, arrangements can be made between Kathy Schillemat, rental coordinator, and the vendor for set up outside the contracted rental period at no additional cost.

Please arrange by calling (603)352-1895, or by email . ( This rental does not include access to the interior of the Wyman Tavern)

Rental rates:

  • Non-profit organizations: $150/half-day, $300/full-day
    • $20/hour attendant fee when used outside Wyman Tavern hours
  • For-profit and private functions: $250/half-day, $500/full-day
    • $20/hour attendant fee when used outside Wyman Tavern hours