Newfane Welcomes You
Visit the historic sites that dot Newfane Village and immerse yourself in the cultural, artistic and culinary scene. Soak in the beauty of nature during a hiking session in Green Mountain National Forest or hit the slopes of Mount Snow. There’s something here for you.
Newfane is comprised of a columned courthouse, matching Congregational church and town hall, all grouped on a handsome green. They are framed and dignified by white-clapboard houses, including two elegant inns. When Windham County’s court sessions began meeting in Newfane in 1787, the village was about the same size it is now—20 homes and two hotels (there’s only one inn left now). Built in 1787, the village was two miles up on Newfane Hill. Beams were unpegged and the homes were moved to the more protected valley by ox-drawn sleighs in the winter of 1824.
Newfane Inns have been famous for more than a century because the whitewashed jail accommodated 25 paying guests, feeding them (as an 1848 poem says) “good pies and oyster soup” in the same rooms with inmates. By the time this facility closed in the 1950s, The Old Newfane Inn—which incorporates much of its original hilltop structure—was beginning to acquire a reputation for gourmet fare. Economist John Kenneth Galbraith, a summer resident of the area since 1947, helped publicize the charms of both the village and the inn—whose onetime chef eventually opened Four Columns Inn at the rear of the village green.
Newfane village is more than a place to dine, sleep and stroll. The immediate area offers an unusual number of antique shops and a fine old cemetery lies beyond the stores and the remnants of the railway station (which served the narrow-gauge Brattleboro-Londonderry line from 1880—1836).
Newfane has bred as well as fed famous people. Archer Mayer lives just up the road from the Inn. At the historical society, you can see a permanent display on the West River Railway, which operated between Brattleboro and Jamaica (1880—1927) and is remembered at the “36 miles of trouble.” The largest town event presently is the Newfane Heritage Festival on Columbus Day weekend sponsored by the Newfane congregational church.
Art Lovers Rejoice
Four Columns Inn is filled with a carefully curated collection of both historic and contemporary art, which we feel is the perfect example of the culture and beauty of the Newfane arts scene. As a proud supporter of local art institutions and events, we want to help you get involved in the local vibe. Check out some of our favorites, and don’t forget to ask us about how we can get you 10% off tickets to the Yellow Barn Music Festival!