Parker Tavern

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Parker Tavern
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 #


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]

The saltbox tavern was built in 1694 by Abraham Bryant, a farmer and blacksmith. During the American Revolution, Ephraim Parker acquired the house and operated a tavern on the premises. Parker allowed Scottish prisoners of war to live in the tavern. 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

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