Originally a part of the old Hawthorne Inn, which burned down in the seventies, the current RiverWood Inn was an annex to the original Inn. In the photo above it's the building to the left; partially obscured by the trees. It housed staff and workers, and was constructed in the 1880’s; just about the same time as Jackson’s famous covered bridge.
For a period of years after the fire destroyed the Inn, the property was a home to horses. There’s even a galloping horse weather vane atop the gazebo! Some of the paddock fences still exist and define the trails down to the Wildcat and Ellis Rivers, and over to the Ski Touring Center. From your doorstep you can access the trails.
The Carriage House was just that – and also a hay barn. Its six rooms overlook the confluence of the two rivers, and the 10th Tee of the Wentworth Golf Course. It was converted to lodgings in the eighties.
Around the curve in the road – back toward the bridge and just this side of Flossie’s – is the Town barn building. It was originally part of the Hawthorne Inn property; which now stops just shy of the barn. And just on the way back from there to our main driveway, on the property, is the historic horse trough and a memorial plaque dedicated to Kathleen Wormely. The trough has occupied various locations throughout Jackson, and we’re happy to have it ensconced right where it is. Make sure to give it a look-see at next year’s Return of the Pumpkin People!
The Yellow Barn was originally the horses’ stable - in the winter it's our guest's secure ski storage and waxing facility (for those of you who still use that sticky stuff), and adjoining it is the root cellar from the old Hawthorne Inn. We’ll take you down there to the"crypt" some moonlit night and perhaps introduce you to some pickled Beet’n’Juice… if you dare!
The gazebo was originally located on top on the pine knoll. There’s a picture of it there in the Town Offices across Main Street. It’s interesting to note that there are very few trees on the site at the time the photo was taken.
And our little Gatehouse… well, we’re still not quite sure what role that played. It has a small bench facing Main Street; so it might have been a waiting area for a local horse team or sleigh. What we do know is that it’s been quite popular with the local bears – if the wrong items are stored there.
Digging way back into history - massive boulders were strewn across the property by ice age glaciers – including PicNic rock down by the river, and RedTail’s Perch - there's a Hawk that frequents it - in the center of the drive. That one is embedded with iron fittings of which we still haven’t determined the use!
With eight structures and over five acres to perambulate, we invite you to discover the history and natural beauty of RiverWood along with us.
Susan & James