Having been chosen defendent, I was obliged to visit New-Fane at our late County Court; where I expected, in addition to the perplexities of a vexatious law suit, to encounter all the inconvenience of a small neighbourhood; to get my food at any price thought proper to be charged, and perhaps to lodge on the soft side of a hemlock board: But happily I found all my apprehensions removed by putting up at the elegant Court Hotel lately erected by Mr. Anthony Jones and kept by Mr. Wheelock.
The commanding site---the aerial piazzas, affording an extensive prospect of from thirty to forty miles of rich and variegated New England landscape, and looking down upon the Monadnock---the spacious hall with its lofty orchestra; the elegant parlours and commodious sleeping chambers of this magnificent building attracted the unqualified admiration of its numerous visitors. While the well furnished tables, displaying the luxuries of the season, exquisitely cooked and served with uncommon neatnes and dispatch; the best foreign and domestic liquors, and above all, the very moderate charges of the landlord, gave peculiar satisfaction to the happy guests. Mr. Jones, with his habitual politeness, for the purpose of introducing the new establishment to the public, with whom he has long been a standing favourite, condescended on this occasin to act as Major Domo to his own tenant---and nothing further need or can be said in favour of the "Court Hotel."
However this rapidly rising establishment may appear to those who inhabit meaner edifices, certainly the county in general will feel themselves greatly relieved, in person and pocket, by its erection; and the good people of New Fane must consider themselves as under lasting obligations to the public spirited individual who has thus removed one of the principal objections to the continuance of the shire in that town.
P. Q. Attorney to the Defendant.
Farmers Weekly Messenger, June 24, 1822.
I read in your last paper a description of the Court Hotel in New-Fane, and must confess the writer has done as much justice to the subject as could reasonably be expected from eyes first dazzled with its splendour. There is one defect he overlooked---It has no sign, for I will not thus call the golden dumpling at the corner. Now I would propose that a lofty sign post should be erected at the south west corner of the building, at the expense of the neighbourhood, on which should swing in triumphant majesty, a handsome sign board, six feet by four; on one side of which should be represented the figure of Bonaparte, or the Duke of Wellington, or Gen. Andrew Jackson, or some other laurelled conquerer---and on the other, a striking likeness of the bar-keeper of Court Hotel, with one hand in his breeches pocket, and with the other beckoning the passing traveller to stop and put up. Such a sign would look very well, and perhaps save the aforesaid bar-keeper some fatigue in standing from morning to evening in the same place, and for the same purpose.
Yours to serve,
Farmers Weekly Messenger, July 1, 1822.
Also known as the Jones' Hotel, this tavern stood on the north-east corner of the crossroads on old Newfane Hill---east of the Common with its Court House and whipping post.