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  • The History Of The James Pharmacy and Soda Fountain Built in 1790, the James Pharmacy was originally the general store for the Humphrey Pratt Tavern, Old Saybrook's Inn of yesteryear. Humphrey Pratt was the brother of Deacon Timothy Pratt, who built the house next door, The Deacon Timothy Pratt Bed and Breakfast. It is said that Marquis de Lafayette, friend of George Washington and Revolutionary War hero, stopped at the store in 1824, to make a purchase. It is local legend that the purchase was either a pair of socks or a bar of saddle soap. Katharine Hepburn also took a liking to the general store; she used to stop in to make telephone calls from the old oak phone booth. The store was first located further down Main Street, adjacent to the tavern, until it was moved to the corner of Pennywise Lane in 1877, where it became a pharmacy. Peter Lane added the soda fountain portion of the pharmacy in 1896. When Peter was called away to fight in World War I, he left the care of what was then the Lane Pharmacy with his sister-in-law, Anna Louise James. Miss James, as she was known to all, was born on January 19, 1886 in Hartford Connecticut. Her family later moved to Old Saybrook where she grew up. In 1908, Miss James was the first African American woman to graduate from the Brooklyn College of Pharmacy, thus making her the first female African American pharmacist in the state of Connecticut. Miss James ran the pharmacy from 1917 until 1967, and kept residence in the back apartment until her death in 1977. The store itself was vacant from Miss James' retirement in 1967 until 1980, when it was revamped and opened again in 1984. The soda fountain still holds the charm and wonder of Miss James, boasting an original Miss James Sundae, as well as the original cabinetry, tables and chairs with heart shaped backs, as well as the original Vermont marble countertops. The milkshake maker, circa 1940, is also from the Miss James era. In the early 1990's, the Pharmacy was in a commercial, done by ATandT, as well as part of a documentary about Katharine Hepburn. Ann Lane Petry, Miss James' niece and also a registered pharmacist, worked for Miss James and spent a lot of time at the pharmacy. Ann is better known for her writing skills and has published six books, some of which have won her both local and international fame, including The Drug Store Cat, based on her memories of the pharmacy when she was growing up and Country Place, a novel based on her experiences living in Old Saybrook. She is most well known for her novel The Street, a Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship book. All of Ann's publications are on display in the gallery area of the pharmacy. Today we try to bring history alive by displaying original artifacts from the pharmacy and serving old-fashioned favorites from the historic soda fountain as well as gourmet coffees. We also continue the tradition of the Pratt family hospitality and offer elegant period guest rooms on the second floor.; James Soda Fountain also known as Tissa's Le Souk du Maroc 860-395-1781 ...

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On the National Historic Register and Connecticut Freedom Trail...featuring the original 1896 soda fountain where you can enjoy some  ice cream treats!


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325 Main Street - Old Saybrook, Connecticut 06475
Phone: 860-395-1229 Fax: 860-395-4748
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