Our name "The Barron Brook Inn" came from a prominent hospitality family who ran several of the GRAND hotels in the area. The hotels included Fabyan, Crawford, Mt. Pleasant, and Summit Houses. Our inspiration came from the family of two brothers Asa and Oscar Barron.
The Barron family, long resident in Massachusetts, sent pioneers into the towns of Bradford and Hartford Vermont where they were citizens of prominence. From the Vermont ancestry have descended the Barrons of this sketch men of much prominence in New Hampshire: Abel Barron secured a good education and for a time taught school. Subsequently he bought and cultivated a farm but still taught in the winter seasons for some years. As an industrious man and a good manager, he accumulated a large property and became one of the leading citizens in the locality where he lived. He married and was the father of four sons Clinton, Asa T, Oscar F and Orlando, who drowned when young and one daughter Amanda. Asa Taylor Barron was born at Quechee in the town of Hartford, Vermont - December 16, 1814 and died in August 1887.He engaged in commercial business having several stores in Hartford In 1868 perceiving the necessity for a good hotel to accommodate travelers he built the Junction House at White River Junction in partnership with his brother Oscar F the firm being known as AT & OF Barren and conducting the hotel under that style until Oscar F died in 1879 This business was conducted for two years by Asa T alone when he was taken ill and took into partnership Mr. Merrill and OG Barron the firm being Barron Merrill & Barron This continued till 1886 when the property was leased to OG Barron and Mr Merrill and Asa T Barron retired living retired till his death in 1887 The properties were conducted a few years by OG Barron and Mr Merrill Later Mr William A Barron became associated with OG Barron and Mr Merrill the firm being Barron Merrill & Barron which continued till 1899 when the partnership was turned into a corporation and this corporation has operated the properties up to the present time The ownership was the estate of Asa T Barron and this was settled in 1896 by the organization of the Barron Hotel Company This is at present the holding company and leases its properties to the Barron Merrill & Barron Company which company in addition to this leases and operates the Fabyan House and the Summit House for the Boston & Maine railroad Mr Barron soon discovered that he was peculiarly qualified to be a hotel keeper and began to look about for a new location This he found at Twin Mountain Coos county Xew Hampshire where he bought a cottage which he rebuilt and converted into a commodious and attractive hostilery for tourists and other travelers The demand for accommodations grew as the reputation of the hotel spread the wealth of the country increased and the number of guests multiplied and it was enlarged until now it has a capacity to house and feed two hundred guests Improved facilities for getting to Mount Washington were required and Mr Barron was quick to see that and bought the stage line to that mecca of many modern pilgrims and put or first class service and made it a popular and profitable line From this time on knowing his ability and responding to or forestalling demands for first class hotel accommodations Mr Barron and those interested with him built or leased various hotels at popular resorts In 1871 he bought the Crawford House to which he built additions then erected a new house which now accommodates three hundred and fifty guests In the early eighties he leased the Fabyan Hotel from the Concord & Montreal railroad and at the same time he also leased the Summit House on Mt Washington These hotels now accommodate comfortably three hundred and fifty and one hundred and fifty persons respectively Asa T Barron was a man of splendid judgment quick perception unusual executive ability and unsurpassed as a popular and successful hotel keeper He married first Clarissa Dcmnion There were born of this marriage three children Mary married WC Bradley of Lyndon Center Vermont Abel who resides at White River Junction Vermont Oscar G who is the subject of a succeeding paragraph He married second Lydia Maria Andros who was born in Derby Vermont 1833 daughter of Major William Andros a custom house officer of Derby Line Vermont Three children were born of this union Josie L married Frederick E Thompson of Boston William A who is mentioned below Harry manager of the Twin Mountain House Ill Oscar G second son and third child of Asa T and Clarissa Demmon Barron was born in Quechee in Hartford Vermont October 17 1851 and was educated in the common schools of Quechee Springfield White River Junction Williston Fairfax and Poultney Vermont When he was but a lad his father began has career as a hotel keeper and with every feature of the business the boy soon became familiar and at an early age showed his ability to manage a hostelry with skill and success He began to act as an independent manager in 1868 when he took charge of the Twin Mountain House Since then he has managed the United States senate restaurant at Washington DC being appointed to that position by Vice Prebident Wheeler in 187 and retaining the management five years the Putnam House Palatka Florida the Eastman Hotel Hot Springs Arkansas the Raymond and Whitcomb Grand Bar ron's Suburban Hotel and the Harvard Hotel Chicago the Twin Mountain House the Fabyan House and the Mt Pleasant House in the White Mountains the Senter House Center Harbor New Hampshire and the Quincy House Boston From an early age he was financially interested in tin business of hotel keeping with his father and contributed largely by his skillful management to the success of their various enterprises The Barron Hotel Company was organized and OG Barron was made its president For many years he has had personal supervisen of the Fabyan House during the tourist season Mr Barron has devoted his life to one occupation and in the pursuit of that vocation has made a success in which he has few equals and still fewer superiors He is widely known and deservedly popular Besides attending to the great interests under his care he has devoted much time to public affairs In politics he is a Re publican He has served the town of Carroll as selectman for twenty five years and in 1888 90 95 96 as representative in the legislature By appointment of Governor Sawyer he was made aide decamp with the rank of colonel and served as such during the governor's term of office He was made postmaster at Twin Mountain in 1872 and held the office until 1892 He has been a member of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Boston He is a member of White Mountain Lodge No 86 of Whitefield North Star Royal Arch Chapter of Lancaster St Gerard Commandery Knights Temple of Littleton Edward A Raymond Consistory Sublime Princes of the Royal Secret of Nashua in which he took the thirty second degree and Aleppo Temple Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine of Boston He married at Montpelier Vermont May 16 1872 Jennie Lane who was born in Montpelier Vermont daughter of Dennis Lane They have one daughter Maude Lane Ill William Andros second child of Asa T and Lydia Maria Andros Barron was born at White River Junction Vermont April 18 1868 He was educated in the common schools and at the high schools of Newburyport Massachusetts from which he graduated in 1884 and Phillips Exeter Academy from which he graduated in 1887 Like his older brothers he has grown up in the hotel business and was familiar with every detail of it Im raediatfly after leaving school he began his course as a hotel manager and has since attended solely to the one business continuously He has been manager of hotels as follows Summit House at Alount Washington three summers Twin Mountain House eight summers Hotel Belleview at Belclair Florida four years The Ericson Commonwealth avenue Boston two years and associated in management of The Crawford House at White Mountains New Hampshire proprietor and manager of Westminster Hotel Boston six years He is treasurer of the Barron Hotel Company the number of persons employed by the Barron Hotel Company is about five hundred and the number of guests their hotels will accommodate is eleven hundred The Barrons of Vermont are as much born to successful hotel keeping as are the Lelands of New York and William A Barren's success shows him to be a worthy member of the family In politics he is a Republican His interest in public affairs is never lukewarm and although not an office seeker he has filled public offices He was the representative from the town of Carroll in the general court in 1896 an aide de camp with the rank of colonel on Governor Ramsdell's staff and commissary general with the rank of brigadier general on Governor Batchelder's staff In religious faith he is an Episcopalian He is a highly esteemed member of White Mountain Lodge No 86 Free and Accepted Masons of Whitefield North Star Royal Arch Chapter of Lancaster St Gerard Com mandery Knights Templar of Littleton and Edward A Raymond Consistory Sublime Princes of the Royal Secret of Nashua He married at Newburyport Massachusetts October 16 1890 Mary Lawrence Todd who was born May 15 1869 daughter of T Gillis Todd of Newburyport Massachusetts They have one son William A Jr who is in Middlesex School at Concord Massachusetts .