House Lust: A Tavern-Turned-Family Compound in West Greenwich

The one-of-a-kind property features a main house, guest cottage and, our favorite, a couples' outhouse. (Seriously.)

A two-person outhouse means one thing, and one thing only: unfettered familial closeness.

Kitt’s Tavern in West Greenwich, a stunning example of historic preservation matched with modern comforts, is on the market with Lila Delman for $599,000. The farmhouse was built around 1740 by Silas Matteson. Silas passed the property on to his son, Christopher, a.k.a. Kitt, who operated it as a tavern and community gathering spot in the late 1700s.

The home stayed in the Matteson family until the twentieth century but fell into disrepair. The Harter family, who purchased Kitt’s Tavern in the 1970s, ushered the home into its current incarnation. Thanks to careful preservation over the course of two decades, the home is the last standing tavern of its time in West Greenwich.

The two-and-a-half-story main house features three bedrooms (with two walk-in closets!), two baths and six fireplaces. The wide-plank floors are original and the stenciled paneling is, too. According to the book American Wall Stenciling, 1790-1840, “While removing plaster, [the Harter family] discovered that both the keeping room and the meeting room above were entirely paneled with hand-painted beveled pine paneling, decorated with whimsical elements of faux graining, fish and a flower-filled vase over the mantel, all painted in black.”

Other details include a walk-up attic, full basement and a three-season room adjacent to the aforementioned (and beautifully preserved, I might add) “two-seater” outhouse. Behind a fence is an in-ground gunite pool with a waterfall, patio, deck and a pool house. Outbuildings include a “she-shed,” a cottage for visitors, a workshop, stables and a chicken coop over a little more than two acres.

Without further ado, here’s your House Lust:

For more information on 58 Weaver Hill Rd., call Lila Delman’s Gladys Barbosa at 401-855-1401 or visit

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