History traces the opening of the Birchwood Inn to around 1775.
Although in operation around that time, the present brick structure was
probably built around 1800. The present barns were added in 1848
and the total inn has remained in very much the same form since that time.
Two centuries have watched "The Old Hotel" entertain many
an over-night guest, Henry David Thoreau among them.
In addition to the Tavern, dining and guest room operations,
the Inn has housed the Temple Post Office,a small General Store,
the Town Meeting Hall, and most recently, an Antique Shop