Blackberry River Inn

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Moseley House-Farm
Front Facade Blackberry River Inn.jpg
Front facade
Blackberry River Inn is located in Connecticut
Blackberry River Inn
Location Greenwoods Rd., Norfolk and North Canaan, Connecticut
Coordinates 42°0′23″N 73°14′29″W / 42.00639°N 73.24139°W / 42.00639; -73.24139Coordinates: 42°0′23″N 73°14′29″W / 42.00639°N 73.24139°W / 42.00639; -73.24139
Area 9 acres (3.6 ha)
Built 1920
Architect Taylor & Levi
Architectural style Colonial Revival, Georgian Revival architecture
Governing body Private
MPS Taylor, Alfredo S. G., TR
NRHP Reference # 84001077[1]
Added to NRHP February 17, 1984

The Blackberry River Inn (historically Moseley House-Farm) is a colonial mansion in Litchfield County, Connecticut, located between Norfolk and Canaan on Greenwoods Road West, Route 44. Constructed in 1763, the mansion was listed on the National Register of Historic Places under its historic name in 1984.[1]

The listing is described in a Connecticut Historic Resources Inventory document which served as its nomination to the National Register.[2]


The first parts of what is known as Blackberry River Inn today were erected in 1763. It was renovated in the 1920s according to designs of architect Alfredo S.G. Taylor, and/or his New York firm Taylor & Levi. Taylor designed a large number of works in Norfolk, Connecticut.

Seth H. Moseley (born October 16, 1881 in New Haven) who also owned the Collingwood Hotel in New York, NY (known as Hotel Metro today and located at 43-49 West 35th Street) was the owner of the property until his death on Dec 7, 1938.[3] Up until 1939, the property was used as a farm and known as Blackberry River Farm. After the death of Mr. Moseley, Dorothea and James Schwarzhaupt bought the property and transformed it into an Inn.

After 1970[edit]

On July 19, 1971[4] the owners Dorothea and James Schwarzhaupt sold the Inn to a local corporation which modernized the property and among other changes added the pool that is still open.

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984. The listed property included 9 acres in Norfolk and one acre in North Canaan.[2]

The current owners acquired the property on June 21, 1993. Today Blackberry River Inn is operated as a bed and breakfast.

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  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ a b D. Ransom (October 31, 1978). "Connecticut Historical Commission Historic Resources Inventory: Blackberry River Inn / Moseley House-Farm". National Park Service.  and Accompanying photo from 1978
  3. ^ Seth H. Moseley owner of Blackberry River Inn
  4. ^ 1971 Sale

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