Rich with History
The name "Silvermine" comes from old legends of a silver mine in the area, although no silver has ever been found. Once very popular as a village meeting place, Graybarns also served as an artist outpost, and stagecoach stop from the 17th century to present time. What is now GrayBarns on the Silvermine River began as a small textile factory at the turn of the 19th century. It became a speakeasy during the 1920s before legitimizing itself after the end of Prohibition. It thrived throughout the 1960s as a classic country inn under the management of the Whitman family, who ran it until 2009. The tavern itself which now houses the Inn has been renovated back to its stately structure of classic influence, with its ample porches and tall columns, situated on a bluff overlooking the mill pond and river. Alongside the dam or waterfall is the Old Mill and Mill House, used throughout the years as a grist or turning mill.
A Haven of Refuge
Famously coined by artist and former owner Frank Hutchens, the Silvermine area delights with its painterly landscapes and provides a welcome change from the hustle and bustle of New York City daily life. The tavern hosted Elizabeth Taylor and Eddie Fisher on their honeymoon and received frequent visits from Hollywood heartthrob Spencer Tracy. True to its history, GrayBarns on the Silvermine River has remained the ideal setting to unite city slickers, international travelers and the local community over food and libations, relaxation and leisure.
Three generations of developers in the region, primarily focused on high end home development, as well as restaurant development, Glazer Group purchased the Silvermine Inn and Tavern in 2015 and have been working on re-gifting it back to the community, with its original usage and charm in tact. With a reduced capacity of the Restaurant and Inn, guests will be able to enjoy the historic environment anew.