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Hickory Ridge House Bed & Breakfast

53 Hickory Ridge Road South, Putney, Vermont 05346
Innkeeper(s): Gillian & Dennis Pettit
  • Introduction

    ~ Welcome to Hickory Ridge House Listed on the National Register of Historic Places ~

    Built in 1808 by Theophilus and Annis Crawford, the inn is a Federal manor house listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Let Hickory Ridge House become your bed and breakfast inn of choice, and your second home in Southern Vermont!

    Located in scenic Putney, just minutes from Brattleboro and many wonderful restaurants, Hickory Ridge House is a gracious federal style farm house completed in 1808 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Theophilus Crawford House. For over a century Hickory Ridge House was the home of the Crawford family, it has been an inn since the early 1980’s.

    This beautiful example of American architecture is now our home and we invite you to share with us its unique charm.  We  have a total of eight spacious guest rooms, all with private bathrooms and each with the elegance and charm of a bygone era.

    Surrounded by peaceful gardens in the spring and summer and just a short walk to our local fresh water swimming hole. There is breathtaking foliage in the fall and a network of groomed cross-country ski trails in the winter; Hickory Ridge House offers the perfect escape from today’s hectic lifestyle.

    We look forward to seeing you soon.

    Gillian & Dennis Pettit - Innkeepers


    A full breakfast is served each morning between 8:00 and 9:30. During the warmer months guests may enjoy breakfast on the deck overlooking the gardens. When the weather turns cooler the >dining room is warm and cozy with the wood stove lit.

    A good breakfast is a vital start to the day, we serve a full, freshly prepared breakfast each morning which may include the following:

    Home baked scones or muffins Fresh seasonal fruit An omelet or frittata with locally smoked bacon Our own blend of Mocha Joe’s coffee< Orange juice

    Where possible we use local, organic produce. In case you get the “munchies”, there is always a selection of snacks on hand, as well as complimentary tea, coffee and cold soft drinks.

    Please note, our breakfast menus are carefully planned each day based on the number of guests and any dietary restrictions we have been made aware of. It may not be possible to accommodate additional breakfast guests. It is essential that any requests to seat extra breakfast guests be discussed with the innkeepers ahead of time.

    In Room Amenities

    • Cable TV
    • DVD Players
    • Air Conditioning
    • Private Bathrooms
    • Premium Toiletries
    • Hair Dryers
    • Hotel Quality Linens

    General Amenities

    • Free Wifi Access
    • Guest Internet terminal
    • Extensive Library
    • Complimentary Soft Drinks, Tea and Coffee 24/7
    • Complimentary Snacks
    • Guest Refrigerators
    • Guest Irons and Ironboards

    Jack and Gracie ...

    Jack is a long haired Jack Russell Terrier and is in charge of guest relations. His responsibilities include greeting guests and looking cute. He is very good at his job.

    Gracie is a Beagle mix. Originally from Virginia, she came to us via the Springfield, VT Humane Society. She is now our hostess.

    We do ask that you do not feed either of them - we do not want two overweight dogs on our hands and some people food is hazardous to the health of dogs.

    For that Special Occasion... .

    Hickory Ridge House provides the perfect backdrop for special occasions and weddings. Call our reservation line at (800) 380-9218 for more information, and click here for directions to our convenient location.

    We can assist you with...

    Dinner Reservations · Flower Arrangements · Cakes · Massage

  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Gillian Pettit for sharing her own secrets with!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    People come to us for many reasons; some to enjoy the beautiful countryside, others for local cultural events or to visit the prestigious private schools located in Putney. Our visitors come from all over the world.

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    Our inn, which is also our home, is a beautiful structure from the early 19th century, completed in 1808 and on the National Historic Register. Our guests’ rooms are all spacious and graceful; furnished with antiques and reproductions, but with modern amenities such as Wifi, cable TV, DVD players and a guest computer. We serve a full, complimentary breakfast each morning, which is not only delicious and nutritious, but pleasing to the eye - many guest have been know to photograph their meal because of the artful presentation. We use local organic produce whenever possible.

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    It is beautiful, peaceful and very friendly.

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    "We should have stayed here last on our trip; you have spoiled us for everywhere else."

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    The cultural activities such as Yellow Barn International Center for Chamber Music; the wonderful restaurants in the area and the amazing number of artist whose studios are often open to the public.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    Depending on the time of year: There is hiking, kayaking, cross-country skiing, snow shoeing. There are various workshops offered by local artisans. There are concerts and music festivals. Within a short drive there are a number of historic sites and quintessential New England villages, and great food.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    Most of our guests come by car, other than wonderful country walks/hikes, fresh air and clear night skies, there is nothing within walking distance.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    We have two terrific restaurants in Putney, although they are very different from each other. J.D. McCliments Pub offers a selection of better than average pub food as well as a number of daily specials. They have a nice deck for the warmer months and a cozy wood stove for when the weather cools off. It is very friendly and casual. Our other favorite restaurant in Putney is The Gleanery - their menu changes daily as the chef works with local organic farmers to produce dishes that are as delicious as they are surprising. The decor is minimalist with the focus on the food, it is a "slow food joint" and everything is prepared absolutely fresh. Again, the service is very friendly, which is typical of this area.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    The Brattleboro Guide, Discover Putney

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    We have 8 guest rooms.

    Do you accept pets?

    We accept pets in our cottage, but not in the main house.

  • Things To Do and See

    Hickory Ridge House Bed & Breakfast little pondGarden Tours:

    For those aspiring and expert gardeners alike; the gardens of the renowned garden designers Gordon and Mary Hayward are open for tours (by appointment only). For more information call 802 387 4766 or

    Artist Studios:

    Putney is home to more than two dozen artists, many of whom have studios open to the public. For a full listing of area artists visit

    Richard Bissell Fine Woodworking produces Shaker and Mission furniture as well as Windsor chairs and custom designs. Their workshop is conveniently located and is open to the public during the week and by appointment weekends and holidays. For more information visit

    The Green Mountain Spinnery offers a wonderful selection of high quality yarns made from natural fibers. The Spinnery hosts a week-end long knitting workshop to experts and beginners alike. For more information and dates visit

    For our British car enthusiasts:

    Dave Clark’s Sports Car Services is located a short drive from Hickory Ridge House, in Westminster West. Dave is well known within the sports car and racing communities and is a veritable fountain of automotive knowledge. He can normally be found in his garage working on one of the many automobiles trusted to his care. For more information visit


    The Grammar School is a private day school that serves area kindergarten through eighth grade students. For more information visit

    The Greenwood School is a middle school for boys with learning differences and disabilities. For more information

    The Putney School is a college preparatory school that highlights both the visual and performing arts. For more information visit

    Landmark College is the nation’s premier college for students with learning disabilities. For more information visit

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    There is an abundance of outdoor activities in the area: cross-country skiing, snow shoeing and hiking. The close by Connecticut and West Rivers offer kayaking in the warmer months. Southern Vermont is also home to some spectacular golf courses.

    If you need to rent outdoor equipment, such as cross-country skis, snow shoes or bicycles, West Hill Shop has a great selection. For more information visit

    Hickory Ridge House Bed & Breakfast snow

    Hickory Ridge House has, in its backyard an 8.5 mile cross-country ski trail which is groomed and maintained by our neighbor, the Grammar School. The trail which runs through the Hickory Ridge House property winds through the adjacent woods and some of the most beautiful countryside in Southern Vermont.

    During the summer one of the most popular spots is the local swimming hole.Located just a quarter of a mile along Hickory Ridge Road, it is the perfect place to cool off after a day of hiking or biking.

    Brattleboro Country Club is just minutes away for more information please visit

    Mount Snow has been rated among the top golf courses in the country and is only a forty minute drive away, over covered bridges and along tree canopied country lanes. For more information please visit>

    Nearby Grafton Ponds has an extensive network of trails for both cross-country skiing and snow-shoeing. Guides and instructors are available for beginners and the more experienced.During the summer months Grafton is open for mountain biking, hiking, canoeing and kayaking.For more information visit

  • History of the Inn

    Hickory Ridge House Bed & Breakfast National Register of Historic Places sign

    The Theophilus Crawford House

    Completed in 1808 the Theophilus Crawford House, as it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was the Crawford family home for more than a century. Originally a sheep farm of about 217 acres, the property has changed considerably.This was the home of Theophilus and Annis Crawford where they raised their family of ten children while adding to their real estate holdings.Not only was Theophilus a “gentleman farmer” but he held many public offices at both local and state levels.He was very successful in all aspects of his life; at the time of his death in 1856, at the ripe old age of 92, Theophilus owned more than 500 acres in the Putney area, as well property in Iowa.<

    Since the last of the Crawford family lived here, the house has gone through significant changes.The carriage house which was added several years after the main house was completed, has evolved into living space and now provides comfortable guest accommodations.

    During the early part of the twentieth century the house acquired front and side porches, which dramatically changed its appearance giving it more the look of an English country manor house.The porches were later removed to return the home to its original Federal style.

    In the 1960’s the property was owned by Windham College and was the residence of the college president.The rear section of the house was used as a dorm for students.

    Over the years the home was known locally by many names, it is now known by all as Hickory Ridge House.In the 1980’s Hickory Ridge House opened its doors to the public as a Bed and Breakfast Inn. The inn was only able to accommodate a few guests in its early days, but now boasts eight spacious guest rooms.

  • Directions

    Hickory Ridge House Bed & Breakfast Relax In Our Beautiful Gardens

    Hickory Ridge House is located three miles from exit 4 (Putney) on I91 in Vermont. Please note that GPS is not always accurate, we advise guests to use the following directions.

    From I91 northbound: Make a left off the exit ramp going toward Putney and Rte 5. Follow Rte 5 north into town, go past Putney Town Hall (on your left) make the next left (Putney Pizza will be on your right) onto Kimball Hill (there is no street sign), follow this road 1.7 miles (it becomes Westminster Road), then make a left onto Hickory Ridge Road South.Hickory Ridge House is the fourth driveway on the left - there is a large sign in front of the inn.

    Driving time to Hickory Ridge House in Putney, Vermont is approximately:

    • 7 hours from Quebec
    • 6 hours from Philadelphia
    • 5 hours from Montreal or Bangor
    • 4 hours from New York City
    • 3 hours from Burlington, Vermont
    • 2 1/2 hours from Boston
    • 2 hours from Hartford and Bradley International Airport
    • 2 hours from Albany

    Amtrak Service is available to Brattleboro, Vermont, less than 15 minutes from Putney.