| THE HEART OF SERGEANTSVILLE
BY ED PETERSEN - PHOTOGRAPHS BY KATHLEEN CONNALLY
"THE LIBERAL SOUL SHALL BE MADE FAT: AND HE THAT WATERETH SHALL BE WATERED ALSO HIMSELF."
- PROVERBS 11:25
THE SERGEANTSVILLE INN started as a private residence in 1734 and opened as a restaurant in the first part of the 20th century. The Inn's additions and annexations of smaller adjacent stone buildings over the years exhibit an interesting exterior elevation and a comfortable interior ambiance complete with real fireplaces, bare stone walls, and conspicuous, original, hand-hewn timbers. This popular landmark is now owned and operated by the celebrated chef, Joseph Clyde. Joe has created an atmosphere that is casual, yet elegant and the fine dining is exceptional. Chris and I both believe that the pub menu available in the bar (the Covered Bridge Lounge) is among the finest we have ever experienced in terms of value, originality, and delectability.
Kasey Goyette, resplendent in red and Casey Maliscewski beaming in her black uniform are ready to cordially create the martini of your dreams behind the bar, or warmly welcome you in the foyer. Kasey G. is the consummate professional server and juggles her career with the motherhood responsibilities of two young cherubs; one brand new. Casey M is a past president of the National Honor Society, and a student at Mount Holyoke College. We know without a doubt that just beholding these beautiful smiles has already brightened your day.
Carol Weichler is definitely designed for determination as well as service. Not only is this dynamo a topnotch waitress and bartender, but she is also employed as a real estate agent for Century 21 all the while working on a nursing degree at Somerset County Technical Institute. When do you sleep, Carol?
Ryan Irven gets all of the dirty jobs at the SERGEANTSVILLE INN because he is the young pup of the crew. But aside from cleaning tables, toting ice and mopping spills, he is an extremely talented artist attending The Fashion Institue of Technology in Manhattan; and we do not say "extremely" in vain. Ryan is pursuing a career in fine arts and computer graphics. He also exhibits a maturity beyond his years that can belie the fact that you are talking to a man not even twenty years old.
As in many old buildings with a history, there are haunting stories of ghosts spirited within the walls of the SERGEANTSVILLE INN. One of its annexed buildings, now a dining room, used to be the town's ice house where, in times past, corpses were kept as they awaited burial. The staff's disquiet becomes palpable if you ask them about any personal encounters. Kasey G had the fright of her life one night downstairs in the wine cellar, and even the extremely skeptical Dylan reluctantly admits to an unexplainable, otherwordly experience that he'd rather forget. Madeleine, the owner's young daughter asked him one time, "Daddy, who are the men in the attic?" . . . Suffice it to say, there were no men in the attic.
This is the exterior of the above-mentioned ice house. It encloses an intimate and cozy dining room which is preferred by some of the regular patrons. Perhaps that is a hapless ghost at the door who has locked himself out. Other frequenters enjoy the Wyeth Room, the Library, or the Wine Cellar downstairs as their favorite dining rooms.
THE SERGEANTSVILLE INN