15 Commercial Street

15 Commercial Street, the Red Inn, by David W. Dunlap (2014).

15 Commercial Street, the Red Inn, by David W. Dunlap (2014).

David Silva, by David W. Dunlap (2014).

David Silva, by David W. Dunlap (2014).

There are few hostelries in town as charming, romantic or photogenic as the Red Inn, which has been receiving guests for a century, and has operated under the current name since 1915, according to David Silva, a third-generation native who now owns it, with Sean Burke and Philip Mossy Jr. The Red Inn resembles nothing so much as one of those antique, pastel-tinted, linen-paper postcards — come to life. At the core of the complex is a house built in about 1805. It was bought in the early 1900s by a New York architect, Henry Wilkinson, who remodeled it and operated it as an inn with his sister Marian. Through the ’60s, it was run by their niece, Charlotte Wilson. As the “Widow’s Walk,” the inn was the setting of a fateful encounter in Norman Mailer’s 1985 movie, Tough Guys Don’t Dance.

15 Commercial Street, the Red Inn, by David W. Dunlap (2014).

15 Commercial Street, the Red Inn, by David W. Dunlap (2014).


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