For two years, a friend and I have had what I like to call Thanksgiving at the historic Inns of SJ. Our families were traveling or otherwise engaged so we picked historic Inns, made reservations and had a delightful holiday last year and this year. Last year, we picked the Centerton Inn for a fixed price Thanksgiving Feast. This year we picked the Telford which offered a la carte, so I could choose the sides and avoid the turkey since I am a vegetarian. Last year I took the turkey home to my dog. This year, I had broccoli au gratin, acorn squash soup, salad and creamed spinach with a slice of apple custard walnut pie for desert. My friend Gail had the Thanksgiving dinner which was the usual, turkey, sweet potato, corn and some other things. We were both very pleased with our meal and the cheery, warm, family atmosphere of the Telford Inn.
The Telford Inn has been an Inn since the late 1700's when the Carpenter family ran it. In 1809 it was bought by John and William Tonkin and it may have been a stagecoach stop. It also functioned as a post office, which makes sense since the stage coach delivered the mail to the post offices too. In the 1980's the Cook family purchased and renovated the Inn and have run it with devotion to history ever since. Some tiles and the original roof beam can been seen.
It was a lovely drive, too and since we were early, we drove through Mullica Hill before we returned to Mantua.