Birthday cake? Party hats? Gift bags? How would you celebrate Birchwood Inn’s 250th birthday in 2016?
In 1766, the Massachusetts Bay Colony deeded its first residential property in what was to become the town of Lenox to Israel Dewey, who built a substantial home. Dewey’s home laid the foundation, literally and figuratively, for what has become Birchwood Inn.
Birchwood Inn is the oldest home in Lenox and celebrates its 250th birthday next year.
Lenox was incorporated in 1767, and the first town meeting was held in Dewey’s home in March of that year. At that meeting, the form of town government was decided on — and remains in that form today — and Dewey was elected as the town’s first selectman.
This is a major event as Birchwood Inn is even older that the US! So how should we mark this milestone?
Tentative plans include commemorative mugs, a special New Year’s Eve party, a house blessing, a strawberry social and open house, and occasions for local students to learn the house and town history.
But how else can we make 2016 even more special for Birchwood Inn? Any and all ideas are welcome on the inn’s blog, Facebook, twitter, and email. All who submit winning ideas will receive one of the commemorative mugs.
And DO make plans to visit the Berkshires and Birchwood Inn during its birthday year!