History of the Property
The Old Stagecoach Inn has a long history as a Vermont lodging property. Erected in 1826 in the Federalist style by Mr. Allen, with the craftsmanship of the Atkins brothers, Horace and Henry, this three-story building first served as the home of Waterbury’s first lawyer, Dan Carpenter. Soon after that, it was converted into a stagecoach inn and tavern. When the railroad came to town, many families arrived by train to vacation in the mountains and escape the heat and cramped conditions of the city, stopping in Waterbury for a day or two before continuing to resorts surrounding Stowe.
By 1890, the home was in the possession of the Henrys and was known fondly as “The Henry Farm.” The spirited Miss Annette Henry married industrialist Albert H. Spencer, who had made his fortune in rubber. During this period, “Nettie” oversaw the addition of numerous facade features, giving the structure its signature Queen Anne look that persists to this day. (For more about Nettie, and whether she still maintains a watchful presence at the inn, check out this blog post.)
Over the next several decades, the property changed owners multiple times, serving as a combination of family residence and rental units until it finally became a rooming house, even housing patients from the nearby Vermont State (mental) Hospital.
The house fell into disrepair until 1985 when Kimberlee and James Marcotte, a couple from Boston with family ties to Waterbury, began refurbishing the now dilapidated structure. Over the next two years, the couple painstakingly renovated and restored, emphasizing period details in their construction and decor. After spending two years on the renovation, the Marcottes ran The Old Stagecoach Inn as a Victorian-themed country bed and breakfast for five years before selling it to Jack and John Barwick, a father and son team from Connecticut.
The Barwicks spent the next 25 years establishing the inn as a beloved Waterbury landmark, known for its warm hospitality, fabulous breakfasts, and quirky resident pets. Jack continued to delight guests with tales and lively conversation until his passing in 2017. In 2022, after 29 years as an innkeeper, John Barwick sold The Old Stagecoach Inn to its current owner, Christa Bowdish, who is building on two centuries of hospitality tradition.
Today, as in the 1800s, The Old Stagecoach Inn is a focal point in Waterbury, welcoming visitors from all over the world as they come to explore and enjoy all that Vermont has to offer.