Martin's Tavern or Center House

Martin's Tavern or Center House (HM19GX)

Location: West Chester, PA 19382 Chester County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 56.987', W 75° 40.877'

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c. 1764

For over 250 years, a building has stood on this site. First a house, probably built in 1750 for William and Abigail Clayton. In 1764, Joseph Martin built an addition and opened the Center House, or Martin's Tavern. For 200 years it functioned as a Tavern, hotel, Post Office, service station, and boarding house. Abandoned and gutted in the 1970's, it sat neglected and deteriorating for 30 years. By 2005, it was on the verge of collapse. The Friend of Martin's Tavern, a non-profit group of local volunteers, was formed to stabilize and preserve what remained of this historic structure to create a community park.
The Tavern Keepers
1764 - 1776: Joseph Martin · 1768: William Clayton · 1776 - 1786: Abraham Marshall, Owner · 1776: Robert Peoples, Keeper · 1778: Joseph Martin, James Porter, Keepers · 1779: James Bruce, Keeper · 1780 - 1783: Thomas Carpenter, Keeper · 1786 - 1804: Abraham Marshall · 1802: William Marshall · 1805 - 1808: James and Joseph Miller · 1809 - 1811; 1815 - 1816: Joseph Chamberlain · 1818 - 1833: Isaac Carpenter · 1834: John Worrall · 1835 - 1838: Thomas Carpenter · 1839 - 1841: Milton Keech · 1842 - 1845: Israel Lamborn · 1846: Hanson Thornbury · 1847: Israel Lamborn · 1848: Richard Milleson · 1851 - 1858: Thomas and Richard Speakman · 1858 - 1866: John Steele · 1867: Elizabeth Milleson · 1868 - 1873: Robert B. Lilley · 1875 - 1876: William Steele · 1877: Benton Pierce French

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HM NumberHM19GX
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Year Placed2006
Placed ByFriends of the Martin's Tavern
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, October 27th, 2014 at 5:47am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 441803 N 4422405
Decimal Degrees39.94978333, -75.68128333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 56.987', W 75° 40.877'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 56' 59.22" N, 75° 40' 52.62" W
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Area Code(s)610, 484
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 550-598 Northbrook Rd, West Chester PA 19382, US
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