The Colonial Tavern: A glimpse of New England town life in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth centuries.
Next to the meeting houses, the taverns were the most important centers of village life in colonial America. They were used for all kinds of public and private meetings, as well as, hosting travelers from all walks of life, and served in many ways as the transportation and communication centers of the era. In addition to discussing the taverns, the author also describes the tavern keepers, tavern signs and names, the tavern and "Training Day" when the militia met, tavern cheer and charges, their use by travelers, their role in the American Revolution, and their association with the state lines. This work is derived from a wide variety of manuscripts and published sources, and included many extracts from contemporary letters and documents.