Muroff Daigle Hospitality Group is proud to announce the sale of the iconic 1896 House & Pub in
Williamstown, MA. This is a rare opportunity to acquire a 17 acre parcel minutes to famed Williams
College. Prospective buyers may choose to add rooms, develop a residential component and continue
the operation of this historic hotel and restaurant in the heart of the Berkshires.
The 1896 House was originally built in 1896 as a milking barn, complete with bull pen, and turned into a famous restaurant in 1939. It enjoyed an unparalleled reputation for excellence for more than 40 years. The draw was so great that a lodging facility was built in 1951 to accommodate the patrons. Soon additional guest rooms were added. Sometime in 1970’s, the lodging portion and restaurant were sold separately and began
In 1985, a 17 year renovation period began. Upon completion of the original lodging structure, “Brookside”, a second lodging facility across the street became part of the “1896” family and was completely transformed and named “Pondside”. In 1995, the 1986 House Barn housing a restaurant was purchased and underwent a total structural and cosmetic rebirth, thereby remarrying the original properties and creating a complex of three buildings on 17 acres with brooks, ponds, and gardens.
In 2000, six new luxury “Barnside Suites” were constructed in the former banquet hall where
Williamstown Theatre Festival held its famous Cabaret. It is here in 1987 that Christopher Reeve first
lay eyes on Dana Morosini and fell in love; having entertained in this beautiful space for a couple of
seasons! The Suites are grand, gracious, and as romantic as found anywhere.
This magnificent property has enormous development potential for additional guest-rooms or a residential component. There is also an untapped market for small conferences, weddings and social functions; and the
availability to convert to a “soft brand”. The 1896 House & ‘6 House Pub offers an exceptional
opportunity to enter one of the most beautiful and prestigious vacation markets in the world. Make your
mark and take this gorgeous property to the next level! Redevelop the site to take advantage of its
proximity to one of the finest colleges in America – add rooms or vacation homes! With prestigious
museums, art galleries, fine dining, and skiing at your doorstep – the 1896 House has it all! Don’t miss
this exciting opportunity