The RIVERSIDE INN, CHESTER, MASS.
Taken from the sidewalk, or the grass just beyonds, looking across Main Street which runs. from left to right. A sign now proclames this as CHESTER INN Food and Entertainment Lounge.
Chef John Slattery will bring the hotel alive May 21st at Chester On Track with food and fiddlers will play on the porch. The Hilltown Hikers will be here too!
For years Route 20 through Chester. This was the only main motor road across Massachusette between Boston and Albany and points west. Then came the Mass Pike about 1955 cutting across country in the most direct route and it skipped right by all the valley towns. Within a few years 70% of the gift shops, gas stations, eating places, along Route 20 which depended upon traffic, quietly folded In 1956.
The dining room was first covered with patterned pressed metal, not only the dropped ceiling but the walls also. -Ed Carrington
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