History

The Story of the Red Clover Inn & Restaurant

The Red Clover Inn in the heart of Killington Vermont is named for the Vermont state flower. Sophisticated accommodations and locally-sourced dining have long been part of our story. We hope to become part of your story.

The premiere chamber music concert was presented in Boston, a patent was granted for an envelope-making machine, and Elizabeth Blackwell became the first female physician in history. The year was 1849, and the Ripley family of Rutland, Vermont constructed a summer retreat and 200-acre farm on the property that would become the Red Clover Inn.

Nearly 75 years and several owners later, General F.J. Woodward purchased the property. General Woodward and his wife were worldwide travelers, but the itinerant military life was hard on their family, losing several children to illness. As they settled down, Mrs. Woodward wished to have a permanent home with fresh air, peace, and space enough for all her children and grandchildren.

The General and his wife added bedrooms to the residence, and Woodward Farm on Woodward Road was born. They planned the extensive development of the acreage, including tennis courts, a swimming concourse, bridle paths, spacious lawns, apple trees and evergreens.

Eventually, the Woodward family moved on and the Farm fell into neglect. The area was so remote and unattended that a monk, who wrecked his private plane in the mountains near Killington, was passed over by a sizable search party even though the wreckage was only 30 feet from the old farm.

Rising again, the Farm on Woodward Road was reopened by the Montgomery Family as the SATCO Lodge in the 1960s – 1970s. Mr. Montgomery was believed to be a former CIA employee. Through their travels, the Montgomery’s adopted five children from Southeast Asia, and named the property “SATCO” as an acronym to represent their children’s countries of origin.  

Bonnie and Dennis Tallagnon purchased SATCO Lodge in 1977. Their additions to the Carriage House and Farmhouse are chronicled in the photographs currently displayed in our living room.  Equestrians, the Tallagnons kept horses in what used to be the space for pigs and sheep. The staff of the day fondly remembers the years that the Tallgnons lived in the Lodge and raised their family.  

The Red Clover Inn was named for the State Flower of Vermont, chosen as such to represent the delicate purple-red flower that graces Vermont’s fields early in the summer, distinguishing the landscape. The Tallagnons’ relentless work and devotion to their Inn is evidenced in the present time, where loving touches and dinner recipes today honor their memory. 

Preparing menus, stirring the coals in the hearth, cleaning rooms, mowing lawns and shoveling snow, planting gardens, retrieving mail: these are just some of our daily chores as we prepare to welcome guests with open arms and open hearts. A walk up the drive gives us a look back in time at the stately Farmhouse, graceful and strong, rising to meet the forest and framed by the rugged Pico Mountain.

The Red Clover Inn at the old Farm on Woodward Road is a timeless and effortless home, away. Purchased by the Tyler and Hill families in 2009 and tastefully updated, this special spot for romantic getaways and delightful cuisine has been informed by history and cultivated with care for nearly two centuries. We hope you join us soon.