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Celebrating 250 Years – The Bird & Bottle Inn–Since 1761

  |   February 18, 2011  |  Comment

Stage Coach Stop…A  ghostly past…the Brooklyn Bridge…Benjamin Franklin and more!

Known to many for intimate beautiful weddings, fine dining and cozy romantic rooms –  this year The Bird & Bottle Inn is celebrating 250 years!


The Bird & Bottle Inn has an amazing history that dates back to 1761 around the time of the American Revolution when Samuel Warren’s home became a stage coach stop named “Warren’s  Stop”  for those taking the two day trip by stage coach from New York City to Albany on the route formerly known as New York Albany Post Road.  Travelers would stop to water their horses and for a mug of beer  in the tavern and something to eat or stay overnight in one of the two rooms available at the time.

During the Revolutionary War it was seized by the Continental Army and converted into a regional headquarters. It is rumored that General George Washington also visited the tavern while stationed in the area as well.

In the early 1800’s Samuel’s brother John  leased and built a farm on 411 acres and dammed the Indian Brook to create a mill and pond as a way of increasing the economic worth of the property; turning it into a working farm and grist mill. The property stayed in the family for 4 decades.  John Nelson, John Warren’s son-in-law, closed the tavern with the rise of the railroads and used the building as a family residence and continued to run the mill.

In the early 20th century with the rise of the automobiles, what had now been known as Nelson’s Corner started to flourish again.

A Ghostly Past!

Emily Warren, great-granddaughter of the original owner, is believed to also haunt the Inn.  She was married  to Washington Roebling who built the  Brooklyn Bridge.

Benjamin Franklin  Connection

Mile Stone Marker 54  sits on the property in front of the Bird and Bottle Inn.  In 1769 Benjamin Franklin, First Deputy Postmaster,  established the mile markers from New York City to Albany and from NYC to Boston.


Owner Elaine Margolies spent one year repairing and restoring the Inn which reopened May of 2005.

The Bird & Bottle Inn is a Zagat rated restaurant that can be read about in the New York Times.  The inn is available for lodging.  There are 3 rooms in the main house and a private cottage.  A wood burning fireplace is featured in all the charming dining rooms and a seasonal gourmet menu is served.  Plus a special Warren’s Tavern Menu  priced at $17.61.  The inn is open for dinner Thursday thru Saturday from 6-10pm and Sunday from 4-8pm .  They offer an extensive list of award-winning wines from around the world and have received an Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator for 2009 and 2010.

Champagne Brunch is Served Sundays from 11:30 to 3pm.  Intimate Weddings and Parties of up to 150 outside and smaller parties inside.

250 Years Celebration Events

* Friday, Saturday and Sunday – A list of beers for $2.50 each.

*October 16th – Civil War Re-enactment with Benedict Arnold and Major Andre featuring a afternoon of history, storytelling and local lore

For More information visit The Bird & Bottle at 1123 Route 9 (Old Albany Post Road), Garrison, New York.  For reservations call 845.424-2333 or visit  www.thebirdandbottleinn.com

By: Melissa Tyler

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