Tavern Fare

Tavern Fare (HM19J7)

Location: West Chester, PA 19382 Chester County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 56.986', W 75° 40.881'

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What sort of food was served at the Center House?

Tavern Fare...
What sort of food was served at the Center House?

To date, no specific food has been linked to this particular tavern, but Joseph Martin would probably have provided 18th century Anglo-Welsh American "country food," best described as plain and hearty.
Salted or smoked pork and beef products such as hams, bacon, dried ?chipped' beef and corned beef were often available year round.Baked goods included breads, biscuits, and pies. Breakfasts were usually cold meat "leftovers." Dinner was available all afternoon, with seasoned vegetables, often broiled. Supper was soup, gruel, porridge, or uppawn,' corn meal mush. Flavorings were limited to salt and herbs, with black pepper and other spices in very limited amounts. Butter and cheese were locally available; fresh milk simply did not keep.


In 1798, Chester County had six malthouses and nine distilleries. The most common drinks were hard cider and "cider royal," fortified with apple brandy. Rye whiskey often came from the west, while rum and gin occasionally appeared from the West Indies and Holland. Tavern keepers bartered food and lodging for groceries and liquors from wagoners passing to and from Philadelphia, Wilmington, and Lancaster.
Locally-distilled specialties included ?Apple Jack' made from apples, ?peachy' made from peaches, and ?perry' made from pears. ?Cherry bounce' was a potent mix of crushed fresh cherries soaked in rye whiskey. Most taverns, including Martin's had abundant orchards near them, producing the fruit beverages mentioned.
HM NumberHM19J7
Year Placed2006
Placed ByFriends of Martins Tavern
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, October 19th, 2014 at 1:08am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 441797 N 4422404
Decimal Degrees39.94976667, -75.68135000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 56.986', W 75° 40.881'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 56' 59.16" N, 75° 40' 52.86" 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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