Warren Turnpike

Even before the Warren Turnpike was constructed, Platt Starr, the brother of Warren’s second minister Peter Starr,
had an inn at 14 Cornwall Road. It operated from 1796 until 1826 and would have served travelers along the route of the Warren Turnpike.
With the closing of Platt Starr’s established the Federal-style colonial passed into private ownership until 1972 when the restaurant L’Ermitage began welcoming diners.
If anyone has photos of L’Ermitage we would love to see them!

Temperance Movement in Warren

Across from the road from the church stood the home of Deacon Joseph Tanner (1792 – 1838). Deacon Tanner kept a tavern and like all tavern keepers served spirits. When the Temperance Movement gained steam under the ministry of Hart Talcott, Tanner announced that liquor would no longer be served.
Shortly thereafter, the tavern’s sign was torn down by some disgruntled patrons who claimed that no man who refused to sell liquor should keep a tavern.
The Joseph Tanner family removed to Waverly, IL in 1835.