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Stage-coach and Tavern Days   By: (1851-1911)

Stage-coach and Tavern Days by Alice Morse Earle

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Stage coach and Tavern Days

[Illustration: Travel in the South in the Thirties. Frontispiece. ]

STAGE COACH AND TAVERN DAYS

By ALICE MORSE EARLE

Author of Home Life in Colonial Days , Child Life in Colonial Days , and other Social and Domestic Histories of Colonial Times

" Long ago, at the end of the route, The stage pulled up, and the folks stepped out. They have all passed under the tavern door The youth and his bride and the gray three score. Their eyes were weary with dust and gleam, The day had gone like an empty dream. Soft may they slumber, and trouble no more For their eager journey, its jolt and roar, In the old coach over the mountain. "

NEW YORK THE MACMILLAN COMPANY LONDON: MACMILLAN & CO., LTD. 1900

All rights reserved

COPYRIGHT, 1900, BY THE MACMILLAN COMPANY.

Norwood Press J. S. Cushing & Co. Berwick & Smith Norwood, Mass., U.S.A.

TO MY HUSBAND HENRY EARLE

Contents

Chapter Page

I. The Puritan Ordinary 1

II. Old time Taverns 30

III. The Tavern Landlord 62

IV. Tavern Fare and Tavern Ways 76

V. Kill devil and its Affines 100

VI. Small Drink 121

VII. Signs and Symbols 138

VIII. The Tavern in War 170

IX. The Tavern Panorama 194

X. From Path to Turnpike 223

XI. Packhorse and Conestoga Wagon 241

XII. Early Stage coaches and Other Vehicles 253

XIII. Two Stage Veterans of Massachusetts 291

XIV. A Staging Centre 308

XV. The Stage driver 320

XVI. The Romance of the Road 340

XVII. The Pains of Stage coach Travel 361

XVIII. Knights of the Road 373

XIX. Tavern Ghosts 409

List of Illustrations

Travel in the South in the Thirties. From painting by Edward Lamson Henry, N.A. Frontispiece

Page

Ordinary at Duxbury, Mass. 3

Taproom Furnishings of an Old Ordinary. Owned by Miss Elizabeth Nicholson, Providence, R. I. 7

Oldest House in Easton, Mass.; once an Ordinary 10

Leather Black jack 14

Tavern Bill against East Church, Salem, Mass. Owned by Essex Institute 16

Taproom of Wayside Inn, Sudbury, Mass. 19

Buckman Tavern, 1690, Lexington, Mass. 23

Hound handle Tavern Pitcher 26

Sign board of Hayden Tavern, Essex, Conn. Owned by Connecticut Historical Society 28

Indian Queen Tavern, Bladensburg, Md. From painting by Edward Lamson Henry, N.A. facing 32

Old Road House, Md. 34

Plate, City Hotel, N. Y., Staffordshire Ware 38

Cato's House, N. Y. From an old print 41

Washington Tavern, Westfield, Mass. 43

Door Latch, Washington Tavern, Westfield, Mass. 45

Wadsworth Inn, Hartford, Conn. Photographed by Mr. George C. Atwell, Hartford, Conn. 47

Taproom, Wadsworth Inn, Hartford, Conn. 51

Fountain Inn, Medford, Mass... Continue reading book >>




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