Griswold's was the place of many of our family gatherings, both large and small, over the years and I thought WOW this would be great for get-together - but alas it's not to be - like all good things it's gone the way of the years and closed down in 1998. They had a charming little pastry shop as you walked in the front door. They had regular dining as well as banquet rooms.
A little history behind it is that George Griswold and his family arrived in Claremont about 1915. Here they began cultivating the land and using the already abundant fruit trees to make candid fruit and preserves. Starting with a small gift shop they sold these to travelers who then sent them home. The legacy of Griswold's continued even through several owners and their expanding the business. Griswold's finally went Smorgasbord with a dinner theater.
In 1998, after years of scaling down the restaurant eventually was sold in a trustee's sale. The building was leveled and Griswold's was left a memory for many after 80+ years.
Now after an afternoon trip down memory lane I'm still at a loss as where to hold our holiday get-together. So I'm back to work!
Mary Post Warren
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