Historic Restaurant Chronicles - Vol. 4
The Stockton Inn - Stockton, New Jersey
The Stockton Inn, located at 1 Main Street, Stockton, NJ, was built circa 1710 as a private residence of local quarry stone. The site was chosen on the recommendation of local Lenni Lenape Indians who warned of flooding in the valley. Thanks to their advice, the Inn has been spared flooding for over 300 years!
The Inn features stone fireplaces and warm pine flooring. Its three mural dining rooms have been home to local artists, three of whom painted the murals in exchange for liquor during prohibition.
The Inn’s Fox Room was built toward the end of the depression in the late 1930's at a cost of $5,000. The Club Room, built a short time later, was finished in rich mahogany and features a natural slate floor using out-of-state materials embedded with silver dollars. The room also houses the property's original summer kitchen. The wine cave just beyond in the garden was the property's smoke house.
The Inn’s Dog & Deer Tavern, once the location of the area's earliest post office, has the original molded tin walls and ceiling and numerous fine mahogany wood details including the postal slots on the left side of the back bar.
The Inn was immortalized when its wishing well by the main entrance became the centerpiece of the song, "There's a Small Hotel," written by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart and later featured on Broadway.
The Stockton Inn is open for dinner Wednesdays through Sundays at 5pm; it is closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
For more information on The Stockton Inn’s history, visit www.stocktoninn.com/history.