Historic Taverns in Pennsylvania

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  1. clr231

    clr231 Initiate (47) May 9, 2009 Pennsylvania

    I was wondering if anyone knew of any historic taverns from the American Revolution or before that are still in business in Pennsylvania. I know there is a bunch in Philly but I will be traversing across the state soon and hoping to have a pint or two somewhere historic. Any help would be much appreciated.
     
  2. ThoreauLikeAGirl

    ThoreauLikeAGirl Initiate (188) Mar 11, 2011 Pennsylvania

  3. clr231

    clr231 Initiate (47) May 9, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Exactly the kind of thing I'm looking for. Thank you!
     
  4. shangwang

    shangwang Disciple (328) Aug 1, 2007 Pennsylvania

    In Philly, the first thing that comes to mind (and I'm sure you'll have several other similar replies) is City Tavern, which serves a few specialty beers from Yards based on Revolutionary-era recipes.
    Off the top of my head, there's also Bube's Brewery in Lancaster County, which I don't think is Revolution-era, but is pretty old and has a really cool vibe - http://www.bubesbrewery.com/
     
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  5. shangwang

    shangwang Disciple (328) Aug 1, 2007 Pennsylvania

  6. clr231

    clr231 Initiate (47) May 9, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Nice! Thanks
     
  7. johnsummers

    johnsummers Initiate (0) Mar 2, 2012

    You should check out the Dobbin House in Gettysburg. built in 1776 and the basement bar only has candle light.
     
  8. clr231

    clr231 Initiate (47) May 9, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Yes I have been there. Thanks!
     
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  10. hhkal17

    hhkal17 Poo-Bah (1,638) Jul 10, 2005 Pennsylvania
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  11. Deuane

    Deuane Initiate (0) Aug 26, 2005 Pennsylvania

    Shank's Tavern in Marrietta, Lancaster County. It is the oldest continually operating tavern in Lancaster County. Founded in 1814
    http://www.shankstavern.com/
     
  12. Deuane

    Deuane Initiate (0) Aug 26, 2005 Pennsylvania

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  13. clr231

    clr231 Initiate (47) May 9, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Thanks for the input! This should get me started.
     
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  15. ashellen

    ashellen Initiate (107) Mar 26, 2009 Virginia

    Rock Hill Hotel, outside of Millersville was est. 1700 and would've been perfect for your trip. sadly it closed just before christmas. (a dispute between building owner and buisness owner, is what I heard).

    so i guess its doors closing allowed Shanks to be the oldest in Lancaster Co.

    keep your eyes out it may re-open
    http://rockhilltavern.com/
     
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  16. jjboesen

    jjboesen Meyvn (1,304) Feb 1, 2002 Maryland

    City Tavern is a reconstruction.
     
  17. drtth

    drtth Poo-Bah (4,006) Nov 25, 2007 Pennsylvania

    Not on the way west, but worth adding to your list for at least one visit is the recently renovated and re-opened Broad Axe Tavern.

    http://broadaxetavern.com/
     
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  18. TomFoley

    TomFoley Aspirant (226) Mar 19, 2005 Pennsylvania

    Damn, I always forget about the Broad Axe, Maybe because I grew up a few miles down the road. Good call.
     
  19. Deuane

    Deuane Initiate (0) Aug 26, 2005 Pennsylvania

    ashellen--there is a difference.....I didnt say Shanks was the OLDEST tavern in the county (and neither do they)
    their claim is oldest continually operating tavern in Lancaster County...as in it has NEVER closed, and then re-open, since it opened in the early 1800's.

    A real shame about Rock Hill....good place and a nice group of young guys running the place too. I met them at Troegs a few years back. They had some good ideas and an infectious energy that I thought would help the place "make it on the map". A shame about disputes like this but they happen all the time.
     
  20. Jaysus

    Jaysus Initiate (52) Jan 16, 2003 Pennsylvania

    That sounds like a great trip! I am curious about this as well, be sure to update us after you make an itnerary.

    P.S. I'm sure McGillan's is already on your radar. :wink:
     
  21. MusicaleMike

    MusicaleMike Initiate (0) Mar 17, 2008 Pennsylvania

  22. Hoprider

    Hoprider Initiate (107) Feb 1, 2009 Pennsylvania

    You may want to check into Selinsgrove Brewery. Not techicnally a Historic Tavern, but is a Historic Building built in 1816 and is now a Brewhouse.
     
  23. ashellen

    ashellen Initiate (107) Mar 26, 2009 Virginia

    yeah i re-read your post, and never edited mine. shanks is a cool place. i agree with everything you said about rock hill, it was one of my favorites and really close to my parents house (so i made quite a few stops there).
     
  24. hhkal17

    hhkal17 Poo-Bah (1,638) Jul 10, 2005 Pennsylvania
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  25. hippityhops85

    hippityhops85 Initiate (0) Oct 24, 2009 Pennsylvania

    I dunno if anyone has mentioned this yet but since I'm working right near it today the Washington House in Sellersville, PA is pretty nifty. http://www.washingtonhouse.net/ A few solid beers on tap as well.
     
  26. Edwin

    Edwin Disciple (360) May 8, 2003 Pennsylvania

    I was beaten to the punch on City Tavern and Jean Bonnet, but both are historic and both rule.
     
  27. ThoreauLikeAGirl

    ThoreauLikeAGirl Initiate (188) Mar 11, 2011 Pennsylvania

    if anyone wants to drink at my place, the house was built in the 1740s. :wink:
     
  28. callmemickey

    callmemickey Meyvn (1,229) Aug 12, 2007 Pennsylvania

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