"Revolutionary America! 1763-1789 April 20-November 3, 2002

The Taverns

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  On loan from the collection of:
    --Lou and Colleen Picek, Main Street Antiques and Art, West Branch IA
    --Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, West Branch IA
    --Old York Historical Society, York ME
    --Michael Zahs, Ainsworth IA
FIREPLACE TOOLS and COOKING EQUIPMENT including Tongs and Shovel, c.1790-1810, a Dutch Oven, a Peel (flat, long handled bread holder), Waffle Iron, and Trammel Hook to hang pots over the fire
    --Old York Historical Society, York ME
    --Mary Evans, Mount Vernon IA
    --Michael Zahs, Ainsworth IA
MAN'S CAPE and FURNITURE of the Federal Style (reproductions)
    --Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, West Branch IA


Centers of American Life

Colonists gathered in the taverns and inns to discuss recent news and ongoing issues, and of course to eat and drink. Wine, hard cider, beer and rum flowed freely, although outbursts of violence were rarely seen. The colonists' heavy drinking habits were justified by fear of polluted water supplies and belief in alcohol's medicinal properties.

Ham and mutton were the favored meats. Bread, cheese and vegetables were readily available - but tomatoes were considered poisonous! There was no understanding of vitamins, however, sailors had discovered that fruit could prevent scurvy and dysentery. Food contained no chemical preservatives, so perishable foods were salted, pickled, or soaked in liquor to prevent spoilage.


Who Were We? Sub-Sections
Three Georgraphic Regions
  Slave Chains
  Daniel Boone, Trailblazer to the West
Colonial Society
Faith and Literacy
The Taverns (You are here)
  Wine Glasses of George and Martha Washington


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