Early American Taverns

Early American Taverns (HM158T)

Location: Halifax, NC 27839 Halifax County
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Country: United States of America
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N 36° 19.771', W 77° 35.327'

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Taverns in colonial North Carolina, as in other parts of the country, were a vital part of the local economy and lifestyle. Travelers could find a place to sleep and a meal to eat as they made their way across the state. Local citizens used taverns for meetings, entertainment, and business transactions including the sale of land and slaves.

The quality of the accommodations found in taverns varied greatly. A town like Halifax with its river port and county courthouse probably had finer taverns than those found in rural areas. Still, a traveler might be forced to share a room or even a bed with a stranger. Meals were generally served three times a day with the main meal served at midday.

Taverns also hosted traveling performers, exhibitions, and various types of gaming. Billiards was a popular tavern pastime as were numerous card games, dice, and table games such as backgammon and chess.
HM NumberHM158T
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Date Added Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 at 7:14pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 267629 N 4023608
Decimal Degrees36.32951667, -77.58878333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 19.771', W 77° 35.327'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 19' 46.26" N, 77° 35' 19.62" W
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Area Code(s)252
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 71 King St, Halifax NC 27839, US
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