Category Archives: Woman History

Suffield Elm Sign

Researching the Austin Tavern, the class discovered that Mary Austin Seymour was an important and powerful woman here in Suffield; as a widow she owned a tavern in Suffield. Members of the Austin family would later go on to found the city of Austin in the new country of Texas. This member being Stephen F. Austin. Even though Stephen Austin was not from Suffield he was a part of the prominent Austin family. Texas had just fought for their independence from Mexico and became its own country. The Austin family was also a very prominent town here in Suffield with many buildings in the historical part of Suffield being houses that they built in the late 1700s and early 1800s. In colonial times the tavern was an important part of the community. The tavern was usually used as a meeting ground for organizations in and around the town. George Washington visited this tavern in the late 1700s, George Washington hitched his horse on an elm tree directly across the road from the tavern. This elm would be later named Washington’s Elm in tribute to Washington’s horse. But the reason for Washington’s visit was not mentioned in anyway. To commemorate this famous woman and this famous family of Suffield, a sign needs to be erected in the spot of the Washington Elm. This sign would describe the impact that Mary Austin made on the community of Suffield and the impact the Austin family in general had on Suffield and the whole of the United States.