Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Taverns of Boston Town.

Lamb Tavern - site of the later Adams House, Washington street. First stage coach to Providence started there in 1767. Present during the Siege of Boston, pulled down in 1845 for the Adams House.

City Hotel, Brattle street, ca. 1860.

A stage coach terminus, the building was taken down in about 1868. It is reported that for almost 100 years, a cannon ball fired by Washington's troops sat lodged in it's wall.

The Province House

King's Head Tavern, North and Lewis (or Fleet) streets. Erected in 1691, This etching was drawn from an 1855 photograph. 

Green Dragon Tavern.

One of Boston's most famous tavern, frequented by patriots during the run-up to the Revolutionary War. Also the first Boston headquarters of the Freemasons, Joseph Warren being the Grand Master. The building was torn down when the street was widened in 1828. 

The Sun Tavern was built in 1690, opposite what would be Faneuil Hall. A James Day kept a tavern in the building in the 1750s, and the Portsmouth stage coach stopped there.

Hancock Tavern.

Province house, 1679, 1864 fire - residence of Royal Governors, Inn and boarding house, Mr T. Wait.


  1. Very interesting as always. Thanks

  2. Could I have your permission to post your Lamb Tavern engraving by Oenniman and Brown? My web page is found by Google searching "Dr. John Wilson, Captain Thunderbolt" at brattleborohistory.com. I hope to post the Lamb Tavern and the adjoining Lion Tavern at a place about two-fifths of the way down the scroll, just after the 1823 Slating advertisement.

    My website is completely non-profit, I never sell anything at all, and I would give credit to your specifications. The large building just behind the Lamb Tavern is the annex, the dining hall and ballroom that was added in 1822.

    I'm very curious about the source for this wonderful engraving?


    Thomas St. John
    Brattleboro, Vermont