Built circa 1760, the Mount Vernon Tavern is a two and a half story Colonial that, in addition to being a tavern, once served as a carriage house, bank, post office foundry and general store. A popular location for those traveling from Providence to central Connecticut, it was the center of local social activity in Foster for many years. The property has been used as a single family family house since 1888. Restoration work began in the 1940’s and continued through its’ current owners.
To this day, the gorgeous portico with Doric columns greets guests and owners alike. Once inside, you find yourself flanked by multiple sitting rooms. The family room to the right is well-lit by Colonial windows and features a wood burning fireplace, while the living room to the left, otherwise known as the tap room, has a wood-burning fireplace of its own as well as a walk-in liquor closet – a perfect combination for keeping warm during New England winters. The adjacent family room has original exposed beams and a pellet stove, while a gorgeous Dutch Door can offer access to the outside or allow the cool breeze to come in.
The dining room showcases an impressive open hearth stone fireplace and wide plank hardwood floors. Off the dining room is a half bath, laundry as well as a modern kitchen updated with stainless steel appliances, fresh white cabinetry, and stone countertops. A sliding glass door leads out onto the covered stone patio surrounded by mature plantings. Enjoy outdoor dining and entertaining while overlooking the rolling lawn with walking paths, stone walls, and a beautiful rustic shed. The entire first floor is served by radiant heat.
Upstairs, the second floor provides three bedrooms, each with their own fireplace. The master suite has a private full bath with a glass door shower, while a second large bedroom with a walk-in closet shares an adjoining bath with the smaller bedroom.
Notable features of the Tavern’s interior include the three-run front staircase with scrolled riser ends and closed string course, the simple but well-portioned mantels of the two downstairs chambers and the generous keeping room fireplace. The whip rack in the back stair-case hall and the built-in bar and trap door in the southwest “taproom” are evidences of the house’s faithful services as a tavern.
This historic home is located near several farms offering local produce, including Wolf Ridge and Frederickson Farm. For local dining and shopping, Corner Bistro and the quaint shops of Foster are only 10 minutes away. Enjoy some leisurely entertainment at the Foster Country Club and Woody Lowden Recreation Center. Located on Route 14, this home provides a smooth 30 minute commute to the business and entertainment opportunities of Downtown Providence.