About Belle Terrace at Avon Old Farms
Historically, England played an enormous role in the heritage surrounding Belle Terrace, the former Avon Old Farms Inn. John North was the first of his family to arrive to America from England, settling in what would be known as Farmington today. The town was soon called Northington, which was a hybrid of North Farmington. Eventually it became known as "Nod" or the North District of the Church of Farmington. The road joining Route 44 at the north corner of Belle Terrace takes its name from this, and our official address is One Nod Road.
Thomas North, the son of John North, settled the present site in 1678. After battles with the British Colonial Army in King Phillip's War, North became a "Freeman" and for his services received from the King of England a grant of land on the east side of the Farmington River "under the mountain and north of the Hartford-Albany turnpike". Thomas North's son, Nathaniel, built his home on a parcel of his father's land in 1757, and parts of Belle Terrace are original pieces of the home. Nathaniel's grandson, Isiah, left the site to his son Joseph, a blacksmith in the area. He built a stone shop, across from which an Inn was built, Marshall's Tavern. Passengers from the Hartford-Albany-Boston stagecoach were accommodated both at the Tavern and at the North homestead, which eventually grew into the Old Farms Inn. The Marshall Tavern was demolished in 1933.
The name, Belle Terrace, was found within the historical files of the property and originates from one of the first owners, whose fondness for the property allowed him to name the first dwellings for his wife.
With such royal history and prestige, Belle Terrace at Avon Old Farms is a unique and majestic setting to host your next wedding, private party, corporate event or grand social gathering. With world-class hospitality, beautiful natural scenery and elegant interior design Belle Terrace at Avon Old Farms will create the perfect scene for your event. Contact our staff today to find out how we can plan your Connecticut event so it's the magical moment you deserve.
Riverhouse Properties is the parent company for award-winning wedding and event venues such as The Riverhouse at Goodspeed Station, The Society Room of Hartford, and the newly refurbished Belle Terrace at Avon Old Farms, the former Avon Old Farms Inn. Together with Riverhouse Catering, a separate off-site catering company, Riverhouse Properties excels in providing creative food, unique venues, and the most thoughtful approach to customer service. In every detail, you'll discover where elegance meets excellence. For more information about other Riverhouse Properties click on the logos below.