A Community Restoration Project

Red Hook, NY

TOUR THE ELMENDORPH INN AND ITS RESTORATION - Tap Room and Historic Kitchen

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The Tap Room was used for dining as well as drinking, games playing and socializing.  It was an important place to keep up with news and gossip – a social center of the community.  This room was part of the original c. 1760 building and had been remodeled several times.  Throughout the restoration of the Inn, the Friends tried to preserve evidence of the changes.  The Tap Room once had a typical “bar with grill”.  A plastic panel on the ceiling preserves a piece of plaster with holes for a grill curving to south wall to match the stair wall.  You can also see a black mark on floorboards indicating the location of the bar.

kitchen fireplaceThe Historic Kitchen wing was added c. 1820-1830.  It consists of the kitchen and an adjacent room, possibly used as a private dining room or chamber.  When wallboard was removed in the kitchen, the fireplace and bake oven openings were discovered, as well as the original yellow ochre ceiling.  Cast iron cookstoves were already in use in England and in finer houses in this country by 1830, but not here at the Elmendorph Inn.  The bake oven is exceptionally large – suitable for an eating establishment.  It is put to use during the Christmas Open House with many loaves of hearty bread baked and sampled by visitors.