About The House
Tapestry House (formerly the Bartlett House) was built in 1908 for New York State Assemblyman John Bartlett, a delegate to presidential nominating conventions in 1904 and 1908. Mr. Bartlett, his wife Mary and their extensive domestic staff hosted many of that era’s political, business and entertainment stars.
The house remained in the family for the next four decades, thereafter briefly became a boarding house for local mariners between sea voyages from Greenport’s still-busy commercial harbor. In the early 1960s – divine providence clearly at work – the house became the convent for the Sisters of Charity who taught at the neighboring St. Agnes School.
Some thirty-five years ago, the house was acquired by the first family to operate it as a B&B. They and each of the next two owners made very significant improvements to the physical plant, and the inn became known for its unique styling as well as its size, both of which set it apart as a North Fork institution.
Joan Murray and her husband Nick acquired the mansion at the beginning of 2015, and immediately set about completely refurbishing the common area and the 75-foot wraparound porch as you experience them today. In addition, three of the ten guest rooms have been totally renovated and redecorated, and several more have been importantly refreshed.
Greenport was first settled in 1682; the village was incorporated in 1838. As its dozens of classically beautiful historic homes attest, Greenport was then a major whaling and shipbuilding center. In 1844, it became the eastern terminus of the North Fork branch of the Long Island Railroad – Commodore Vanderbilt himself made the first passenger run.
Today, the North Fork’s excellent wineries and farm-to-table cuisine have helped make Greenport the delightful destination it is: a relaxed yet sophisticated weekend and vacation spot whose “season” just seems to start earlier (with the first buds of spring) and end later (when the whole world comes for pumpkins) with each passing year.
Dining and shopping choices grow more attractive each year; the art and antiques culture deepens as it grows. In addition to sailing, boating, fishing and hiking, there’s golf at Island’s End. Above all, there’s the opportunity to spend some relaxed time as a cherished guest in the most beautiful mansion in one of the most beautiful places on earth: Tapestry House on Long Island’s North Fork.