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South Coventry Historic District
U.S. Historic district
Bidwell Tavern, Coventry CT.jpg
Bidwell Tavern
Location Roughly, Main St. and adjacent streets from Armstrong Rd. to Lake St. and Lake from High St. to Main, Coventry, Connecticut
Architectural style Greek Revival, Late Victorian, Colonial
NRHP reference No. 91000482
Added to NRHP May 6, 1991
A photo of the center of the district

The South Coventry Historic District is a historic district encompassing the historic village center of South Coventry in the town of Coventry, Connecticut that was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991. It includes the Capron-Phillips House, which is separately NRHP-listed.

In the 19th century, there was a small industrial center including mills powered by the water from Coventry Lake Brook as it flowed towards the Willimantic River. South Coventry also includes several Victorian houses, a museum, the main branch of the public library, and the Bidwell Tavern, a bar/restaurant established in 1822. A few doors down is the W.L Wellwood General Store, under new ownership, has been renamed "Coventry Arts and Antiques". The general store was originally built in 1787 making it one of, if not the oldest General Store in America (a past owner claimed to have not found an older store). In all, the area has 178 historical buildings over 2,500 acres (10 km2) on the National Register.

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