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.
OPEN FOR TOURS JUNE 1st – AUGUST 31st
Guided tours available at 11am and 1pm on
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.
Tours by appointment in
September and October.
COST OF ADMISSION
Adult $5, Child (under 18) $3.
Historical Society of Cheshire County
The Wyman Tavern is a blue star
museum, we offer free admission to
all veterans and their families
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.