Historic hotel in New Milford to reopen for summer tours

The Merwinsville Hotel in Gaylordsville, where a kitchen garden was installed a couple years ago.

The Merwinsville Hotel in Gaylordsville, where a kitchen garden was installed a couple years ago.

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NEW MILFORD — The Merwinsville Hotel at 1 Brown’s Forge Road in Gaylordsville is marking a milestone this year of 50 years of restoring the historic hotel, an announcement said.

The doors will reopen to the public July 11 after being closed last year due to the pandemic. Free tours are offered this summer on each Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. through Aug. 29.

The restoration began in 1971, after the building survived a fire and a group of people formed a nonprofit organization to bring the dilapidated building back to its former glory, the announcement said. All of the floors have been restored and renovated.

The hotel continues to undergo restoration. A new roof was recently installed and the third-floor ballroom has undergone major structural improvements.

Visitors will be able to see the period kitchen garden that has been installed and is tended by volunteers from the UConn Master Gardener program.

Two additional historic sites, the Little Red Schoolhouse and Brown’s Forge, are also open Sundays from 2 to 4 p.m. in July and August. The Gaylordsville Historical Society owns and operates both buildings.

There is no admission charge to any of the historic sites during the summer tours, but donations are welcome.

The Merwinsville Hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. For more information, call 860-350-4443 or visit merwinsvillehotel.org or gaylordsville.org.