George Washington May Have Visited This 18th Century Tavern
Adam Woodward, a preservationist, believes he has discovered an 18th-century tavern that could have served the first President of the United States. The location of this significant watering hole? None another than the great New York City home to more than 10,000 establishments licensed to serve liquor today. It's believed that George Washington, the commander-in-chief of the Continental Army, had a celebratory drink during the American Revolution at the spot of Woodward's findings.
"After the English had marched up the Bowery and out of the city (in 1783), George Washington and Governor (George) Clinton stopped at the Bull's Head (tavern)," Woodward explained to WCBS-AM. And now, Woodward believes he just may have found the infamous Bull's Head Tavern in NYC.
Photo Credit: Adam Woodward (Source: CBS New York)
The site of this remarkable find is 50 Bowery, a building that has been a chain drugstore, a beer garden and a soon-to-be hotel until Woodward unearthed Colonial-era foundation in the basement where he felt certain that he had stumbled upon a tavern from the 1750s. "It was pretty incredible walking back in time 250 years," Woodward explained. He hopes to continue his investigation and eventually have the historic spot preserved before it's too late.
David Freeland, an author and historian, told WCBS-AM that if Woodward is correct that it "would make [the site] very likely the oldest building remaining in Manhattan."
Care to have a drink where George Washington once did?
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