As a tavern and stagecoach stop, this early 19th-century hotel was the scene of auctions, public meetings, elections, business transactions, entertainment, horse breeding and a host of other activities. The handsome Federal-style inn contains a taproom, two parlors, 12 bedrooms, and a kitchen wing with a working fireplace.
Originally a house and store, the 1790s structure was adapted to tavern use in 1798. A circa-1820 addition created the imposing building that stands today, its four stories making it a rare example of an early public house.
The smaller, mid-18th-century Terrill Tavern was moved to the property in the 1970s, where it now stands as the museum shop.
Listed on the National and State Registers of Historic Places
Owned and operated by the Merchants and Drovers Tavern Museum Association
• Restored early 19th-century hotel
• Period rooms furnished with antiques
• First-person accounts of the early 1800s
• Exhibits about tavern life and stagecoach transportation
• Tavern yard restoration
For Hours: merchantsanddrovers.org or call (732) 381-0441
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