The Colonial Tavern

During colonial times the tavern was a very important part of society. Everything happened there, travelers stayed the night, people had drinks, there were songs, meetings and food. The tavern was the meeting house for societies that didn’t yet have an official place to meet. The tavern was also a way of people exchanging information as well. News during this time was usually shared and passed on through taverns. George Washington visited a tavern here in Suffield and probably visited anymore on his journeys through America. Also a lot of people drank alcohol during that day because there were no known issues with it and also it kept people warm in the winter. Taverns like the Austin Tavern here in Suffield was very important to the people of the town. News from different colonies spread in taverns. Gossip happened over food all the time. For example, the Green Dragon Tavern in Boston in which the Boston Tea Party was planned and plotted over a couple of drinks. Also one tavern is said to be the birthplace of the American marine corps.


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The Austin Tavern in Suffield

1 thought on “The Colonial Tavern

  1. andrewbudge

    P: Jordan, I really like the way you describe the atmosphere of the tavern and how taverns such as these played a key role in impromptu meetings in America. I think you capture the importance of these establishments very well in your post.

    Q: If George Washington and other prominent politicians visit establishments like these, do you think you could find and quote a primary source describing them?

    P: Strong and informative post on the whole but could be improved with some images. Perhaps try to find some sketches or maps of these old taverns and add them to your post. This will make the whole post more eye-catching and informative. Also, you can choose the correct categories and tags for your post.



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