Tavern Archaeology in Eighteenth-Century Williamsburg, Virginia

Author(s): Mark Kostro

Year: 2018


Taverns in eighteenth-century Williamsburg, Virginia ran the gamut from the refined to repugnant, from those catering to the delicate needs of politicians and colonial elites, to those offering basic room and board to road-weary travelers seeking to escape the elements.  As elsewhere, Williamsburg’s varied taverns were central places within the community where people regularly gathered to transact business, argue over politics, exchanged news of the day, plot political action, or just enjoy a convivial drink.  In Colonial Williamsburg’s long history of archaeological excavation, taverns have been the focus of several important investigations, including last year’s investigation of the iconic Raleigh Tavern.  The current paper considers the material culture of Williamsburg’s eighteenth-century taverns as revealed in these excavations with specific reference to the role of alcohol within Virginia’s colonial capital.


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Tavern Archaeology in Eighteenth-Century Williamsburg, Virginia. Mark Kostro. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2018 ( tDAR id: 441944)


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min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

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PaperId(s): 1087