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The historic Waverly Inn was the place to be in Connecticut during the early 20th century. With a hotel, ballroom, massive dining room, and entertainment, the Waverly was a hotbed for residents or those just passing through rural Cheshire. Opened around 1896, the Waverly expanded after its original owner purchased some nearby land. During this time, there was billiards and even a two-lane bowling alley.
In 1912, a fire destroyed the Inn and, after it was rebuilt, a dining menu was created and the building expanded yet again. Unfortunately, on Feb. 11, 1952, another fire struck the Waverly Inn and completely destroyed the wood-framed building. The only item that was salvaged from the ashes was a large urn that was used to display fresh flowers in the Waverly’s lobby. That item, the sole possession that was not consumed by flames, was donated to the Cheshire Historical Society in 1981, but it has hardly ever been put on exhibit. However, this weekend, during the Historical Society’s holiday open house, the urn will be on full display, and adorned with greens, winterberry, and red birch sticks, courtesy of the Suburban Garden Club.