The Chipman Inn Taproom is an inviting, casual place for a cocktail, glass of wine or a locally brewed beer. Open to Inn guests as well as the public, the Taproom has the great fortune of having Robert Frost’s snowshoes over the fireplace, as well as Hometown Baseball Hero Ray Lyle Fisher’s photograph, autograph and 1911 T-205 cigarette baseball card, Mary Azarian’s woodcuts and the poetry of late American poet Susan Bullock on the walls.
Sit by the fire with new friends, play a tune on the piano, enjoy a signature cocktail or a Worth Mountain Chair,
the inn’s signature hot buttered rum or let Joan share a story or two…
Chipman Inn proudly serves
Otter Creek Copper Ale, Shed and Wolaver’s draft beer in our Tap Room.
Memorial Day through Labor Day the Tap Room is open 8:00 pm seven days a week.
The remainder of the year The Tap Room will open when the sign light is on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings beginning at 7:00 pm.
Contact the inn for special requests to open on different days and times.
An item for Baseball Fans…
Hometown Baseball Hero Ray Lyle Fisher (October 4, 1887 – November 3, 1982) was an American professional baseball pitcher. He pitched all or part of ten seasons in Major League Baseball. His debut game took place on July 2, 1910. His final game took place on October 2, 1920.
In a letter to Chris Bullock by Ray Fisher’s grandson, Mr. John Leidy, dated September 28th 1982 (when Chris was still in college) Mr. Leidy wrote, “Ray’s grandfather, Sylvester lived in the home that is now the Chipman Inn. His (Ray’s) father was brought up there in Ripton and Ray remembers visiting the home frequently as a boy when his Aunt Harriet (Fisher Ripley) lived there. His grandmother left Ripton not too long after Sylvester died in 1885 and went to Iowa to live with one of her daughters.”
The History of Addison County indicates “Sylvester Fisher, born in Bethel on June 25, 1811, came to Ripton at the age of twenty-one years. He lived in Ripton at intervals only, until 1851, when he became a permanent resident, locating on the Chipman homestead.”
Ray Fisher was born in Middlebury on Oct. 4, 1887, attended schools in Middlebury and Middlebury College where he was a pitcher on the College Baseball team. During his Middlebury school days he spent many summer days at his uncle’s farm in Ripton and the farmhouse that is now the Chipman Inn.
Fisher got his start in minor league pitching for the Hartford team of the Connecticut League. In his first year, he amassed a 12-1 record and returned the next year to garner a 24-5 tally. After his seasons with Hartford, Fisher went to play for the New York Highlanders, a team that later changed its name to the Yankees.
Ray Fisher’s photograph, autograph and 1911 T-205 cigarette baseball card hang on the wall in the Taproom.