People carried guns in New York City back then – pretty openly, too.
And they drank ale from tankards without a mayor trying to tell them how many ounces they were allowed.
It was revolutionary!
A New York City preservationist thinks there’s evidence that a Manhattan building slated for destruction holds the remains of a tavern where George Washington stopped on his way into the city at the head of the Continental Army.
Preservationist Adam Woodward believes the Bull’s Head tavern used to occupy the site at 50 Bowery that is to be cleared to make way for a new hotel, according to Fox News.
The Bull’s Head was the site of Washington’s temporary headquarters in 1783 as the British withdrew from the city, according to the New York Times.
The tavern’s exact whereabouts have been unknown, but Woodward told The Times he’s found artifacts of Colonial-era building, including joists and foundations he thinks are what remains of the tavern, which was built in the 1750s. He said the site was expanded into a beer hall called the Atlantic Garden in the 1850s.
If the materials really do date back to the pre-Revolutionary era, the site would qualify as the oldest building in Manhattan, historian David Freeland told a radio interviewer.
Woodward said he hopes the city will take steps to preserve the site, where Washington is said to have had a drink to mark Colonial Army’s victorious entry into the city and the British final departure from the city they’d occupied for almost the entire war.
“The whole issue of whether the Bull’s Head was buried inside the Atlantic Garden was one of the great mysteries of New York,” Woodward told The Times.
New York City was the last port the British evacuated at the war’s end.