Parker Tavern

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Parker Tavern
Parker Tavern Reading MA.jpg
Parker Tavern in 2008
Parker Tavern is located in Massachusetts
Parker Tavern
Location Reading, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°31′14.75″N 71°6′24.18″W / 42.5207639°N 71.1067167°W / 42.5207639; -71.1067167Coordinates: 42°31′14.75″N 71°6′24.18″W / 42.5207639°N 71.1067167°W / 42.5207639; -71.1067167
Built 1694
Architect Unknown
Architectural style Colonial, Other
Governing body Private
MPS Reading MRA (AD)
NRHP Reference #

75000286

[1]
Added to NRHP August 19, 1975

The Parker Tavern is a historic house located at 103 Washington Street in Reading, Massachusetts, United States. It is the oldest extant structure in Reading.[2][3]

The saltbox home was built in 1694 by Abraham Bryant, a farmer and blacksmith. Ephraim Parker acquired the house in 1760 and operated a tavern on the premises until he died in 1805.[4] Parker was the great-grandson of Thomas Parker, who was one of the founders of Reading, and probably chose the name for the town.[5] Ephraim Parker served in the Battle of Lexington and Concord and housed Scottish prisoners of war in the tavern during the Revolutionary War.[6][7][8][9][10] The town of Reading acquired the building in 1914. In 1923 the Reading Antiquarian Society purchased the building from the town for a nominal fee and has maintained and operated the museum without public funding. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.[1][2]

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  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  2. ^ a b Parker Tavern Site
  3. ^ Howard, Loea Parker. Parker Tavern: Being an Account of a Most Interesting House Built by Abraham Bryant in 1694, Together with Some Facts About Early Owners, Reading Antiquarian Society, Reading, MA, 1930.
  4. ^ Howard, Loea Parker. Parker Tavern: Being an Account of a Most Interesting House Built by Abraham Bryant in 1694, Together with Some Facts About Early Owners, Reading Antiquarian Society, Reading, MA, 1930.
  5. ^ Eaton, Hon. Lilley. Genealogical History of the Town of Reading, Mass., pp. 314, 698-700, 704, Alfred Mudge & Son, Boston, 1874.
  6. ^ Eaton, Hon. Lilley. Genealogical History of the Town of Reading, Mass., p. 704, Alfred Mudge & Son, Boston, 1874.
  7. ^ Parker, Augustus G. Parker in America, 1630-1910, p. 298, Buffalo, NY, 1910.
  8. ^ Parker, Theodore. Genealogy and Biographical Notes of John Parker of Lexington, p. 481, Press of Charles Hamilton, Worcester, MA, 1893.
  9. ^ Howard, Loea Parker. The Military Record of Reading men in the War of Independence, Reading, Ma, 1934.
  10. ^ Howard, Loea Parker, Reading Men in the Early Colonial Wars, pp. 28-29, Reading, MA, 1934.

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