|To establish the
good repute of colonial tavern keepers
and innkeepers through:
The collection of information concerning taverns, tavern keepers, tavern
customs, recipes, menus, and all other data that may pertain to colonial
taverns and their keepers.
The dissemination of such information to the Society's membership, and
eventually to other interested persons and organizations.
The building of a body of genealogical records showing descent from
colonial tavern-keeping ancestors.
The creation of a spirit of good fellowship and friendship among members
through meetings and other means inherent in these purposes.
What type of people were our early tavern landlords?
Here you have some contemporary testimony that these men and women had good
standing in their communities, were respected, and above all, jovial.
On the other hand, we present evidence that some
few, at least, were not so gracious and did not always keep such an inviting establishment.