Founding America Tour - Discovering the origins of America's Freedoms

Public dining should be much more than mere eating. Historically, there was conversation on important events, entertainment and enjoyment of the nights fare. By going on our tour your Declare your independence from the standard group tour meal.

We hold these truths to be self evident, that all meals should be enjoyed, that they are endowed by their chef to include conversation, entertainment and the persuit of fine flavors. In recognition of this statement, we have chosen the best possible restaurants that exemplify the wide range of colonial recipes, from the port of Boston, throught the mountains of the middle colonies to the plantations of Virginia.

We at The Travels believe that your meals should be experiences in themselves. You dinner experience should be memorable, enjoyable and add to the educational quality of your tour. This is another very important element that seperates our tour from any other tour and helps to satisfly our mission of creating the best possible educational tour concerning the Founding of America.

Scroll down or click below for more information about each tavern

Massachusetts: 

Union Oyster House                The Green Dragon

New Hampshire: 

The Homestead Restaurant             

New York: 

Old 76 House

Pennsylvania: 

City Tavern                              The Reading Terminal Market

Maryland: 

Reynolds Tavern

 Virginia: Chowning's Tavern - Christiana Campbell's Tavern King's Arms Tavern Shields Tavern Michie Tavern Gadsby's Tavern - Mount Vernon Inn

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Union Oyster House

Union Oyster House

Located in Boston. Union Street was laid out in 1636, but there are no municipal records documenting the Oyster House's date of construction. All that is known is that the building has stood on Union Street as a major local landmark for more than 250 years. In 1742—before it became a seafood house, the building housed importer Hopestill Capen's fancy dress goods business, known colorfully as "At the Sign of the Cornfields." At this time, the Boston waterfront came up to the back door of the dry goods establishment, making it convenient for ships to deliver their cloth and goods from Europe. Read more.


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The Green Dragon Tavern

Green Dragon TavernThe Green Dragon Tavern has a long and rich history, playing an important part in the freedom of Boston during the War of Independence. Established in 1654 The Green Dragon was a favorite haunt of Paul Revere (Whom we consider a close Neighbor) and John Hancock (who’s brother lived next door!). Indeed, as has been ratified by Daniel Webster – the famous historian, that it was in the Green Dragon that the plans for the invasion of Lexington and Concorde were overheard thus starting the famous ride of Paul Revere. Read more

 

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The Homestead Restaurant

The Homestead Restaurant in Bristol, New Hampshire represents the original homestead of Benjamin Emmons. The large two-story frame house built by Emmons, circa 1788, is said to be the oldest house standing in the town of Bristol. Benjamin Emmons was a prominent man in his day. He was a revolutionary soldier from New Chester (now known as Bristol) and after the war was active in the militia. Here he kept a tavern and for the price of 12 cents you could have a bowl of porridge and chance to sleep on the floor. His descendants lived here for generations. Today the McDonough family opens its doors to offer the finest of today’s food and beverage and a glimpse at the past. TheHomesteadhn.com

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Old 76 House

The Old '76 House in Tappan, NY is not simply one of America's oldest taverns. Built in 1668, The Old '76 House had a profound effect on the outcome of The Revolutionary War. Through its long use as a meeting place for patriots, The Old '76 House established itself as safe ground for Americans when the air was rife with revolution and the tavern itself served as the "prison" of the Revolution's most notorious spy, Major John Andre. That is why The Old '76 House is often referred to as "Andre's Prison", not a real prison, in fact never having been a place of incarceration for anyone before or since. Read more.

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City Tavern

City Tavern PhiladelphiaExperience authentic 18th century American culinary history. Located in Philadelphia, PA, this traditional restaurant is run by reknown Chef Walter Staib, presenter of the award winning TV program "A Taste of History" which brings American culinary heritage to live. The Tavern was built "for the convenience and credit of the city" by a group of eminent Philadelphians who felt that their hometown deserved a fine tavern which reflected its status as the largest, most cosmopolitan city in British North America. When the Tavern was completed in 1773, it was one of the most elegant buildings in the city. In 1774, as the breech with great Britain widened, politics were the dominant topic of conversation at City Tavern. In May, leading citizens held a meeting in the Long Room to shape Pennsylvania's response to the "intolerable acts." Three months later, as the delegates to the First Continental Congress began to arrive in Philadelphia, the Tavern was thrust center stage in the dispute with England. Read more
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The Reading Terminal Market

Reading Terminal MarketThis historical place is not a tavern, but this is one of American's oldest markets since the late 1600s. "Over one hundred merchants[1] offer fresh produce, meats, fish, groceries, ice cream, flowers, baked goods, crafts, books, clothing, and specialty and ethnic foods. Every space in the market is rented out; three of the vendors are descendants of original market merchants." This is the perfect place to enjoy the best food in Philadelphia and also to try the original Phily cheesesteak sandwich.

www.ReadingTerminalMarket.org

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Reynolds Tavern 

Reynolds TavernReynolds Tavern is "one of the finest examples of Georgian architecture in Annapolis, Maryland.  Situated in a prominent position on Church Circle it is conveniently located in the center of the Historic District shops, restaurants, theatres, galleries and the United States Naval Academy.The building has been restored beautifully to reflect the working nature of the Tavern and the elegance of the 18th Century.  Reynolds Tavern is the oldest tavern in Annapolis and one of the oldest in the U.S."

www.ReynoldsTavern.org

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Chowning's Tavern

Williamsburg Restaurants

Located inside Colonial Williamsburg, this tavern "originally opened by Josiah Chowning in 1766, who wanted to appeal to the “ordinary sort,” this one-of-a-kind tavern offers menu items that are anything but ordinary." Read more.

 

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Christiana Campbell's Tavern

Williamsburg Restaurants

"Noted as George Washington’s favorite for seafood, Christiana Campbell’s Tavern is as alive today as it was in the times of the founders. Mrs. Campbell’s Tavern is decorated with the aesthetics of the 18th century. Once inside, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported in time. From the pewter candlesticks, brass sconces, and framed prints to the reproduction chairs you’re seated in, it’s easy to see why the local gentry chose this tavern as a place of conversation and political discussion." Located inside Colonial Williamsburg. Read more.

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King's Arms Tavern

Colonial Williamsburg Restaurants

"After Jane Vobe opened the King’s Arms Tavern in 1772, it became one of the town’s most genteel establishments. She once described it as a place “where the best people resorted.” Today, the tavern remains true to her words." Located inside Colonial Williamsburg. Read more.

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Shields Tavern

Colonial Williamsburg Restaurants

"When in the South, do as southerners do: eat, drink, and be merry. This reconstructed tavern keeps the conversation and entertainment in and the food hot." Located inside Colonial Williamsburg. Read more.

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Michie Tavern 

Michie Tavern facade

"MICHIE TAVERN, located half a mile below Jefferson’s Monticello in Charlestosville, VA, accommodated travelers with food, drink and lodging more than 200 years ago. Today, visitors experience the Tavern’s past through an historical journey which recreates 18th-century tavern life.  Servers in period attire offer bountiful Colonial Midday Fare.  The rustic restaurant setting renders a lunch dining experience rich in southern culture and hospitality for families to enjoy.  Get a taste of the 18th-century as we feature a buffet of southern fried chicken, marinated baked chicken, hickory-smoked pork barbecue, stewed tomatoes, black-eyed peas, buttermilk biscuits and so much more." Read more.

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Mount Vernon Inn

MOUNT VERNON INN

Located right outside the grounds of George Washington's historic estate, Mount Vernoon is charming restaurants that serves colonial dishes with elegant atmosphere. You can also enjoy the tavern section. The inn has costumed servers and a very delicious colonial cuisine . Read more.

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Gadsby's Tavern

Founding America Gadsbys Tavern

Founded as a seaport in 1749, Alexandria has always greeted visitors from near and far. Taverns, like Gadsby's, provided travelers with much needed rest, food and drink, the latest news, a place to make business deals and to hold political discussions, and a variety of entertainment.  The site known as Gadsby's Tavern consists of two buildings, a (circa) 1785 tavern & the 1792 City Hotel. Named after Englishman John Gadsby, an entrepreneur who leased the buildings & operated them as tavern keeper from 1796's til 1808, the tavern & hotel were the center of Alexandria's economic, political, & social life in the late-18th and early-19th centuries. Read more.

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