The oldest continuously operating inn in the U.S., and one
of the best known structures of Essex and the lower CT River Valley. Begun as a
tavern in 1776, it was built into a 3 story, 3 porch frame structure by Richard
Hayden in 1801. Filled with Currier & Ives Prints, exquisite maritime
paintings by Jacobsen, nautical ephemera, and a firearm collection, the ‘Gris’
is a living history of art and architecture. A portion of proceeds from this archi-block benefits the
Child and Family Agency of Southeastern CT.