Guided tour through Keene’s most historic house gives a sense of what everyday life was like in the 18th century. Built in 1762 by Captain Isaac Wyman, veteran of the French and Indian Wars, the house is furnished today as it would have been when the Wyman’s family operated it as a tavern 250 years ago. In the northeast parlor, the table where the Trustees of Dartmouth College held their first meeting on October 22, 1770 is still there and an original map on the wall shows New Hampshire as it had been settled in 1774. The kitchen hearth appears as it did when the Wyman family cooked meals for their guests over an open fire and the tap room is furnished with period furniture and artifacts. One of the upstairs chambers has a four poster bed with a canopy and another has a bed with a straw mattress that tavern guests might have slept in. Wide plank wood floors, wainscoting, molding, fireplaces, mantelpieces, windows and doors are all features that a lover of period houses will enjoy. There are also carriage sheds behind the Wyman Tavern, the gardens are landscaped with heritage plants and the tour guides wear period costumes.
Hours: Open June through Labor Day, Thursday – Saturday, 11 am – 4pm or by appointment.
339 Main Street