The Martha Washington Tea Room and Boarding House on the north shore of Lake Waramaug was built in 1870 by John Buher, a Swiss immigrant. A charming example of Folk Victorian architecture with a spindlework porch and under eave bracketing, the Martha Washington was open to summer visitors from 1920 to 1930. It was the arrival of the railroad which made this building style possible by supplying local lumber yards with abundant supplies of pre-cut detailing from distant mills.

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