The Bidwell Tavern

Established 1822
Hours of Operation
Tuesday: 11am-11pm
Wednesday: 11am-12am
Thursday: 11am-12am
Friday: 11am-1am

A Coventry Staple
   Since colonial times, the village tavern has been the local gathering place for refreshment, relaxation, companionship, and the exchange of ideas, opinions, and the latest news.  Here the stagecoach halted to leave or pick up passengers and the mail, and in some instances, to leave tired horses for a fresh team.

   Coventry, incorporated as a town in 1712, had its full share of taverns in proportion to its growing population and to the many small industries which sprang up along Mill Brook and the Skungamaug: grist mills, tanneries, an extract distillery, and a long succession of carding, spinning, weaving, and fulling mills for processing cotton, silk, or wool through various stages, coming at length to the manufacture of synthetic fiber products such as fish lines and sutures.  And of course, Coventry is nationally known for highly collectable glass made in the works, long gone, on the banks of the Skungamaug during the first half of the nineteenth century.

   Coventry has, since the French and Indian Wars, sent its full complement of men to battlefront, and Nathan Hale, patriot and martyr spy of the American War for Independance, grew up on the family farmstead on South Street.  Other men of note were Jesse Root, jurist, Lorenzo Dow, itinerant preacher, and Daniel Badger, portrait painter and miniaturist, to name a few.

   Since its beginning, Coventry has passes through many stages, from near wilderness conditions through the agricultural-industrial period into the regional complex of today - maintaining its identity and looking forward with a degree of confidence toward finding and holding its place in our future.