Hamden firefighters and firefighters from virtually every other surrounding town responded "mutual aid" to Cheshire on Monday, February 11, 1952, when fire destroyed the Waverly Inn, a very popular restaurant on Maple Avenue.
Thought to be the work of a "fire bug," this was was the fourth in a string of suspicious fires that had plagued the town since the previous December.
The Waverly Inn was rebuilt and ready for occupancy in about seven months. Decades later it became the Waverly Tavern, a banquet hall for special occasions. It went out of business a few years ago.
In January 2012, the business reopened in the same Maple Avenue location - once again as the Waverly Inn.
From The Hamden Chronicle, February 14, 1952 (Courtesy of the Hamden Historical Society) CLICK on the photo to read the entire article.
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November 1953 - Engine 3, the 1951 Maxim, is shown at a barn fire in the State Street area. Engine 3 would have been second due, as this area was in Engine 6's backyard. What appears to be a junked delivery truck in the background is marked "East Rock Super Market." (Photo by Chan Brainard)
February 10, 1996 - Following a tour of Station 3 for a local nursery school, someone snapped this photo of the kiddies with the crew of Tower 1.