Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia

Philadelphia and Its People in Maps:
The 1790s

Tavernkeepers

map of tavernkeeper locations

Map Copyright 2012, Paul Sivitz and Billy G. Smith, published with permission.

Like most Americans at the time, Philadelphians were a hard-drinking group of people during the 1790s. About 180 tavernkeepers, innkeepers, and beerhouses served the population. Rum produced locally from the molasses imported from the West Indies was a popular drink, as was beer. Many of those establishments settled along the waterfront, where mariners, stevedores, shoemakers, porters, and laborers joined merchants and attorneys in conversation and drinking.

Logged in as . Log out? Add a Comment

Your email is never shared. Required fields are marked *

*
*

Share This Page: