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Journal of the Nelson and Marlborough Historical Societies, Volume 1, Issue 1, October 1981


page 36

As the country area became more settled, travel began to increase, whether by foot or horseback, horse and cart or by sea, travellers were ready for refreshments by the time they reached Richmond. Enterprising settlers soon grasped the situation, and by 1848 two establishments were offering lodgings and hospitality in the form of refreshments, in the Main Street as Queen Street was then called.