Early American Taverns

Early American Tavern

Samuel Cole opened the first American Tavern in 1634. In 1656 Massachusetts passed a law that required every town in the colony to have a tavern or to be fined. The first Coffeehouse in Boston was established 1670. 

As inns and taverns grew in numbers cooks borrowed recipes from European cooks and changed them to fit their needs. With this the American art of cooking was introduced.

Taverns provided a place to meet, to drink and to exchange news.  To cater to the demand, food was served in every tavern.

Saturdays were military training days in the colonies. After marching and drilling, both the officers and men headed for the taverns to relax and sample the innkeepers’ food and drink.    

by helmut schonwalder