Story has it that Tradesmen from New Haven, Goshen, Albany, and as far north as Vermont were the frequent customers of this tavern during the late 1700s as they distributed cheese, oysters, cattle, and horses to and from local ports. This building was originally located at the foot of Academy Hill on Main Street near land where the Watertown Library now stands. The tavern was an old stage coach stop, once called one of the most popular taverns in Connecticut according to the book “Watertown, Then and Now”. The building was constructed by Noah Judd and his son who ran the tavern for many years before selling it to James Bishop, a local farmer and merchant.
The tavern was the central trading post for tradesmen and farmers who came from outlying towns. Residents and guests paid $1.50 a week to live here. One guest, General Merrit Heminway who boarded here would one day own the tavern.
Mr. Heminway later purchased the property in 1840 from Mr. Bishop and continued to run the tavern until the 1860s at its Main Street Location. It was at this time that the tavern was moved to its current Echo Lake Road location. Heminway had established his family-owned factory, Heminway & Sons Silk Company. The upper stories of the tavern were converted to tenements for his factory employees. The building was eventually converted into apartments and there was no tavern for many years.
Joseph Daveluy purchased the building in the 1920s while it was still being used as a boarding house for workers. Daveluy, originally from Canada arranged to bring people from Canada to Watertown to work at the factory. Daveluy ran a grocery store out of the basement and later added the large dinning room to the structure to open a restaurant.
Following the end of prohibition in 1932 Daveluy’s was once again transformed back into a tavern, becoming the local hot spot to eat, drink, kick back and relax. Daveluy’s remained a family run business for almost 90 years when in late 2009 Matt Deziel purchased the property from the Daveluy family and a new chapter began in this building’s long lasting heritage. Now you can watch your favorite sports teams or next big race on our 8 flat screen HDTVs while trying any of our 8 delicious beers on tap or a bottle from our newly expanded beer selection. Pair your perfect drink with one of our amazing menu items or famous pizzas. Mix in a house full of friends and you’ll have a Daveluy’s experience to remember!