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Washington's monument accoss from Brookfield Inn

 In 1889, Spencer, MA celebrated the 100th anniversary of the night the President stopped by and the following poem was written, detailing the events of that day in 1789 when George Washington did not sleep here.

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A kitchen and an L beside
But you've all seen just a house
There's one just like it on the hill;
As Washington then saw it,
You can see it standing still.
But I am traveling on too fast;
His chariot wheels we see
Are drawing near to Brookfield -
I think there then were three.
He cam to Brookfield own
Hoping to pass the night;
But good old Mrs. Bannister
Was in a sorry plight;
She had a dreadful headache,
The landlord was from home,
She thought ‘twas from a college,
A president had come.
And so without inquiry
She sent the message down
She “could not well accommodate,
He must go to the next town.”
But when a little later
And he had passed from sight,
She heard ‘twas General Washington
Who wished to pass the night -
With sorrow and dismay
And great chagrin she said
“Bless me! One look at that good man
Would have cured my aching head”
We thank old lady Bannister
And will prize her memory
For letting our first President
Try Spencer's hospitality.

Mrs. Upham
Spencer, 1889

 

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