The Fountain Inn in Ridgefield, CT, is a year-round inn with four guest suites, conference room, dining room, library, salon, sitting room, and patio seating. With its unique history and impeccable restoration, as well as its proximity to cultural centers and a host of restaurants, the Fountain Inn provides a rich setting for special occasions of all kinds.
A house full of history
The Fountain Inn is named for Ridgefield’s Cass Gilbert Fountain that sits directly in front of the inn on a dividing island at the intersection of Main Street and West Lane. Officially, the building is known as the David Hoyt house. In 1740, Hoyt constructed his “city home in the country” on Lot #1, the first registered building site of the original 1708 layout for the village. At the time, it was Ridgefield’s grandest residence.
Hoyt and his home played a small role in the Battle of Ridgefield. After routing the colonial militia on the north end of Main Street, British General Tryon’s troops conducted artillery practice on Keeler Tavern, the headquarters of the local militia. Hoyt, a prominent loyalist, rode out to the British encampment and demanded that they cease fire, as their errant cannon balls threatened his home. In 1790, Hoyt returned to England and abandoned his grand home. Thaddeus Keeler, a prominent patriot, assumed ownership. The house remained in the Keeler family until the early 1900s.
The front hall, dining room, and library retain the home’s original plaster crown moulding. The elaborate salon was added in the mid-1800s, along with the staircase with six half-flights up to the third level. The continuous, winding rail and hand-turned balusters are made of walnut, and the stair treads are wide plank American chestnut. In the salon, the mantle is carved from imported Italian marble. The inn features 11 fireplaces, including two in the master suite and an outdoor hearth on the back patio. Many of the windowpanes on the first two floors are original glass from the mid-1700s.
Come take a tour
If you are out for a stroll on Ridgefield's spacious sidewalks, please stop by for a tour on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays from 1-4pm, or call us to schedule a visit. We'd love to show you around!
We are confident that your stay at The Fountain Inn will exceed your expectations, and we hope to see you on your next trip to western Connecticut.
"With its unique history and impeccable restoration, as well as its proximity to cultural centers and a host of restaurants, the Fountain Inn provides a rich setting for special occasions of all kinds.”
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