Fitch Claremont House: an Inn for all Occasions
The Fitch Claremont House, built circa 1790, has enjoyed a long and storied history. The home changed from simple farmhouse to publick house to aristocratic residence, evolving as the local community grew.
The Waterman Farm
The home was originally built as a farmhouse on the expansive 300-acre Waterman Farm. At that time, sheep vastly out-numbered people in Bozrah, a town whose name is derived from a Hebrew word for a place where sheep live.
The Claremont, a Publick House
In the nineteenth century, Bozrah became one of the many mill towns dotting the New England landscape. Textile mills flourished along the Yantic River and the Claremont, a publick house, provided lodging and food to travelers on the road to Hartford.
Later in the nineteenth century, prominent industrialist Asa Fitch bought the home and transformed it into an aristocratic country estate, complete with third-floor ballroom and race track. Remnants of the race track can still be seen near the pond, located adjacent to the nearby Moose Lodge.
The Inn Today
Current owners, Warren and Nora Strong, bought the house in 1969. They raised three children here while working to restore the main house to its previous grandeur. In 1993, Warren and Nora converted their home to a bed and breakfast, adding a sunroom and four-room guest addition. Warren serves as both a Justice of the Peace, who can perform very small and intimate wedding ceremonies, and a Notary Public.
Enjoy our Relaxed Atmosphere
We invite you to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of our charming country inn. During your stay, please make yourself at home. Relax in our library, stroll the vineyard or join us in the sunroom or on the patio for a glass of wine. We look forward to your stay.