Thursday, June 23rd at 6:30
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Taverns in early colonial America were known by a variety of names including; Ordinary, inn, tippling house, and public house to name a few. In New England, initially, inns were tightly controlled and licensed by the church-based government. The innkeepers were instructed to disallow the use of tobacco, a stiff drink or card games. But with the ever-expanding road need for wayside meals and overnight lodging, rules relaxed. During the American Revolution, the word “Inn” seemed too British and the inns became known as taverns. Whatever the name, these public houses needed signs to alert people to their location and tavern signs are a story in themselves. In this fun and unique program, John Cilio will share some insights on specific inns across New England with a focus on Connecticut locations. Several still stand.
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