in 1832, the Inn of the Tartan Fox was a large homestead in Swanzey New Hampshire. The original owners were Benjamin
and Abbie Meade and the property came to be known as Meademere. Their daughter Annie married Perley Safford on
Christmas day in 1905.
Perley and Annie had two children, Franklin and Norma. Perley Safford was an avid horse trainer as well as the inventor of SAFFORD COLIC CURE which he sold on a regular circuit from Keene NH to Maine and Boston MA during the summers for ten dollars a week.
Later, he owned the first Ford Dealerships in New England with garages in Keene and Claremont NH.
|He also dabbled in the hospitality business, owning Safford Inn on the corner of Main and Water Streets in Keene. He built Safford Park on Route 12 so he and his son Franklin could train their trotters. Franklin become the leading sulky race driver in the United States three times in his life and was elected to the Harness Hall of Fame in Goshen NY. Safford Park was later donated to the Cheshire County Fair Association.|
|Today many activities are held there, including the
annual flower show, home show, demolition derbies and the county fair. Their daughter Norma attended Syracuse University
where she majored in Art. She taught two years in Johnstown NY before returning to Keene. She became Chairman of
the Keene High School Art Department on 1950.
Norma was brave as well as artistic. When a large fire destroyed the expansive barns on the property, Norma helped save many of the racehorses by leading them to safety.
After that, she developed a fear of fire and had the fireplaces in the house closed off. Two fireplaces have been restored and are now in working order.
The remains of one stone fenced barnyard can be seen next to the garage, which was a part of the main barn.
The Safford home has always been a place of natural beauty, with its bountiful flowers in naturalized settings, its pond lilies and many species of birds. In the past, swans have hatched their babies under the willow trees.
Norma retained ownership of the house and remaining ten acres until 1998 when the current Innkeepers purchased it. They are currently restoring it to reflect the style of the Arts and Crafts Period when the house underwent extensive renovations.
|The Innkeepers are Meg and Wayne. Both are refugees from the corporate hotel world. Meg's background is accounting at the multi-hotel level. She has worked for a number of hotels in the Hudson Valley area, most notably The Beekman Arms, the oldest continually operating hotel in the U.S. Wayne started as a short order cook at a Howard Johnsons. Moved on to Holiday Inn where he became a General Manager and eventually Vice President of Operations for a four hotel group.|
|They both love to cook, as you will find out when
you experience their four course gourmet breakfast. Meg does all the baking. Although her blue ribbon baking was
for pies you will swear it must have been for her scones. Both love skiing and being outdoors. Meg ice skates.
Wayne tries. They garden, hike, love music and crafts. Wayne devotes his free time to wood carving. You can see
some of his handiwork in the giftshop, small Santas, waterfowl, and even large chainsaw carvings.
Meg's avocation is weaving baskets and caning chairs. You can find some of her creations in the giftshop also.
They both love to meet new guests and tell about all the things to do in the beautiful Monadnock Region.