Josiah Smith Tavern Reuse

September 2023 update

The Weston Community League and Weston Forest & Trails have moved into the Josiah Smith Tavern!  The Weston Historical Society will be in soon.  It is wonderful to have the Josiah Smith Tavern back in active use.

 We're happy to report that there has been significant interest by qualified restaurant groups/operators in the Josiah Smith Tavern.  We've conducted over 20 tours in the last 3 months with many of those groups coming back for a 2nd or 3rd visit. 

On Sept 22, we distributed the Request for Proposal with a deadline of Friday, Oct 20th. It's not too late for a qualified group to contact us for a tour and to engage in the proposal submission process. For any questions, please contact:

Jay Valenta;

George Hanson;

In the lull before the restaurant tenant is established, Weston businesses have contributed to help with upkeep of the gardens.  Hearty thanks to the generosity of:

  • Brothers Marketplace
  • Coldwell Banker
  • Florentine Frames
  • Personal Cleaners and Tailors
  • Weston Automotive

The Friends of Josiah Smith Tavern is conducting another Garden Cleanup on Saturday, October 21st (rain date is Sunday the 22nd) from 11 am to 1 pm.  A picnic lunch will be provided by Brothers Marketplace.  Please RSVP to if you are able to join us.

 We will keep updates coming!

Volunteers Start the JST Garden CleanupJosiah Smith Tavern Garden Cleanup

After touring the JST with the new board members and walking the grounds, board members Pam Swain and Leslie Vensel were inspired to jump start the spring cleanup of the beautiful gardens.   This resulted in the First Annual Juneteenth Garden Cleanup that came a few days in advance of the hired landscape company.  The professional team was impressed with the work and shaved some charges off their bill which resulted in savings for the town.

Click through the pictures below to see the transformation

Before 1

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