Dining Before the Revolution in North Salem

There’s just something alluring about having dinner in a low-ceilinged dining room with peanut shells on the floor and a fireplace and ancient-looking wooden beams holding everything in place and rippled views from the antique glass windows. That this place—Purdy’s Farmer and the Fish in North Salem, N.Y.—has good food, too, is just a bonus.

Purdy's Farmer and the Fish restaurant is sited in an old farmhouse built in 1775. Photo credit: L. Tripoli

Purdy’s Farmer and the Fish restaurant is sited in an old farmhouse built in 1775.
Photo credit: L. Tripoli

I just love the feeling of sitting in an inn in the corner of a building that is older than this country is, finding the company of neighbors in a popular place that is seemingly never short on business. Built in 1775, this building that is this restaurant is made to last.

I want to eat here, I want to stay here, I want to live here.

Maybe someday my picture will join the sepia-toned scenes of North Salem in years past that adorn its walls. Until then, I’ll enjoy a martini, or a coffee, or a beer, or locally grown corn, or oysters here as often as I can.

—Lori Tripoli

Even as you're there, it feels like you're already in the past. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Even as you’re there, it feels like you’re already in the past.
Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

2 comments for “Dining Before the Revolution in North Salem

  1. William L Jump
    August 4, 2017 at 1:15 am

    I have 4 male family members that lived in North Salem in the late 1700;s- Joseph Jump was there by 1757, Two sons- Gilbert (my GGG Father) and Bro William came later as well as Amos. All 4 fought in the Battle of Danbury. Joseph was killed in that Battle. I would love to visit this pkace someday. William Jump out in California 12 miles from the Pacific

    • BashfulAdventurer
      August 6, 2017 at 6:56 pm

      How wonderful that you know that family history, William! I hope you are able to get to this part of the East Coast–it is a lovely place to visit, and to learn about the American Revolution. –Lori

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