Many people measure the success of an establishment on its longevity. On this account, the pubs and taverns listed below are sure to pique the interest of such people. We present a list of four of the oldest taverns in the United States that have stood the test of time and still serve patron with the same dedication and honesty that they did since they were established.
White Horse Tavern, Newport (est. 1673)
Image Source: media-cdn.tripadvisor.comOfficially the oldest tavern in the United States located on the corner of Farewell and Marlborough in Newport. Originally used as a hall for large meetings, including as a famous Rhode Island General Assembly meeting place, the tavern has been used as a court house and city hall, before William Mayes Sr. obtained a tavern operating license in the early eighteenth century. Ever since then, The White Horse Tavern has maintained a legacy of serving only the freshest fish, clams and lobsters from Narragansett Bay along with just-picked produce from local Rhode Island?s farms. Of course it goes without saying that they also serve up some of the best local brews in the neighbourhood.
The Broad Axe Tavern, Ambler (est. 1681)
Image Source: www.beerscenemag.comThe rustic and timeless piece of architecture that is the Broad Axe Tavern has the privilege of being the oldest building in its neighbourhood. The pub has an extremely colourful history, from being used as a place where locals would gather to garnering a slight infamy as being one of the first haunted pubs in America. Today, the tavern sees excellent business from both regular local patrons to tourists hoping to catch a glance of some of the ?ghosts? that supposedly haunt this famous pub. The tavern is also famous for its delectable breakfast menu and extensive and expensive wine list.
Old Yarmouth Inn, Yarmouth Port (est. 1696)
Image Source: media-cdn.tripadvisor.comAlthough it has been through a barrage of restorations, the Old Yarmouth Inn still manages to retain some of that classic New England charm, with their friendly and prompt service and delicious and generously portioned food. It was famous for its role as a welcome retreat for weary travellers from Plymouth to Provincetown who were in need of lodging, food and drink. During the revolutionary war, the inn?like most others at the time?was used as a centre for colonists to catch some respite from the fighting, providing services such as lodging for soldiers and as a newsroom for the civilians and fighters alike. Present and more peaceful times have seen this tavern do fledging business, and it has been used as hall for wedding and other celebrations as well.
Jessop?s Tavern, New Castle (est.1724)
Image Source: media-cdn.tripadvisor.comA visit to this tavern is enough to make one wish they were back in simpler time?one without computers, televisions and cell phones. Originally designed as a private residence, it was bought by coppersmith Abraham Jessop who used it to start a venture selling barrels. It was then renamed to ?the Green Fog?, after it was bought by the ancestors of the current owners, the Days. Today, it is lovingly referred to simply as Jessop?s and has a steady stream of regular patrons who keep returning on account of the fantastic service and delicious comfort food.