The Tavern

The Tavern (HMWBK)

Location: Charleston, SC 29401 Charleston County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 46.583', W 79° 55.6'

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Wine & Spirits Since 1686

The Oldest Liquor Store in America

Through recently discovered documents and maps found in Scotland and the Netherlands, a Seafarer's Tavern was on this site in or around 1686.

Located on Charleston's working waterfront for three centuries, it has had many names: The Tavern on the Bluff's, Harris's Tavern, Mrs. Coates Tavern by the Bay, and more that have been lost to time.

In 1903 it became a "Whiskey Store". During Prohibition liquor still flowed thanks to the intrepid rum runners. Following Repeal, The Tavern returned legally, and has been found to be the nation's oldest Spirits Establishment in continuous operation.
Historical PeriodColonial
Historical PlaceSmall Business
Marker TypeHistoric Building
Marker ClassHistorical Marker
Marker StyleFree Standing
Year Placed1686
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, September 7th, 2014 at 7:58pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
Location DescriptionLocated at the corner of E Bay Street and Broad Street, next to the Exchange Building.
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 600520 N 3627006
Decimal Degrees32.77638333, -79.92666667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 46.583', W 79° 55.6'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 46' 34.9800" N, 79° 55' 36.0000" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)843
Can be seen from road?Yes
Is marker in the median?No
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 18 E Elliott St, Charleston SC 29401, US
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