List of oldest companies in the United States

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This list of the oldest companies in the United States includes brands and companies, excluding associations, educational, government or religious organizations. To be listed a brand or company name must remain, either whole or in part since inception, and should have been established before 1820. If the original name has since changed due to acquisitions or renaming, this must be verifiable.

Year Company Location Field Reference Notes
1613 Shirley Plantation Charles City County, Virginia Farm [1][2][3]
1623 Avedis Zildjian Company Norwell, Massachusetts Music Company Founded in Istanbul, moved to the U.S. in 1929.
1632-33 Tuttle's Red Barn Dover, New Hampshire Farm [1][4][5][6]
1639 Field View Farm Orange, Connecticut Farm [7][8]
1642 Barker's Farm North Andover, Massachusetts Farm [9][10][11]
1667 Seaside Inn Kennebunkport, Maine Hotel [8][12][13]
1667 General Stanton Inn Charlestown, Rhode Island Inn [14]
1669 Kenyon's Grist Mill West Kingston, Rhode Island Mill [15]
1673 White Horse Tavern Newport, Rhode Island Restaurant [8][16][17]
1680 Saunderskill Accord, New York Farm [9][18][19]
1690 Towle Silversmiths Boston, Massachusetts Silversmith [8][20] Absorbed by Lifetime Brands, Inc.
1692 A.W. Van Winkle & Company Rutherford, New Jersey Real Estate [21]
1702 J.E. Rhoads & Sons Marple, Pennsylvania (found.) Tannery [22] Closed 2009; now a brand of Mid Atlantic Industrial Belting Inc.
1705 The John Stevens Shop Newport, Rhode Island Stone carver [23]
1711 Orchards of Concklin Pomona, New York Orchard [9][24][25]
1720s Smiling Hill Farm Westbrook, Maine Farm (and lumber mill since 1970s) [9][26][27]
1725 Pottstown Roller Mill Pottstown, Pennsylvania Grain, Feed [28][29] Now owned by Purina Mills.
1736 Lakeside Mills Spindale, North Carolina Corn products [8]
1741 WD Cowls Amherst, Massachusetts Lumber [30]
1752 The Philadelphia Contributionship Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Insurance [31]
1752 Caswell-Massey Newport, Rhode Island (found.) Perfume [8][32][33] Sold 2003-2007; re-branded 2017.
1760 Lorillard Tobacco Company New York City (found.) Tobacco [4][34][35] Defunct 2016; brand owned by Reynolds American.
1764-65 Baker's Dorchester, Massachusetts (found.) Chocolate, confectionery [36][4][32] Now a brand of Kraft Heinz.
1764 The Hartford Courant Hartford, Connecticut Newspaper [37]
1767 McCrady's Tavern and Long Room Charleston, South Carolina Restaurant
1774 Ames Chicopee, Massachusetts Manufacturing [4][32] By 1907, the Ames foundries had been purchased by Chicopee's A.G. Spalding Company.[38]
1776 The Griswold Inn Essex, Connecticut Restaurant and Hotel [39][40][41]
1778 Dowse Orchards Sherborn, Massachusetts Farm [42][43]
1778 The Greenbrier White Sulfur Springs, West Virginia Hotel [44][45][46]
1778 Willow Grove Inn Orange, Virginia Hotel [47][48][49]
1779 Old Talbott Tavern Bardstown, Kentucky Hotel [50]
1780 Laird & Company Colts Neck Township, New Jersey Distillery [51][52][53]
1782 Levi Garrett New York City (found.) Chewing tobacco [54][55] Now a brand of the American Snuff Company.
1783 Rawle & Henderson LLP Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Law firm [56]
1784 D. Landreth Seed Company Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (found.) Seeds [57][58][59]
1784 Bank of New York New York City Bank [60][61] Merged 2007 into The Bank of New York Mellon.
1785 Bixler's Allentown, Pennsylvania Jewelry [62][63][64]
1785 Turpin Farms Cincinnati, Ohio (found.) Farm [65][66]
1786 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Newspaper [67][68][69]
1790 King Arthur Flour Boston, Massachusetts (found.) Flour and baking [70] Now based in Norwich, Vermont.
1792 Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft New York City Law firm [71][72]
1792 Insurance Company of North America Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (found.) Insurance [4] Now Cigna
1792 New York Stock Exchange New York City Stock Exchange
1792 Old Farmer's Almanac Dublin, New Hampshire Almanac [73][74]
1792 State Street Boston, Massachusetts Banking [4]
1794 Baltimore Equitable Baltimore, Maryland Insurance [75][76]
1794 Rochester Cables Culpeper, Virginia Cables [77][78] Now a brand of TE Connectivity.
1794 Warner Company Wilmington, Delaware Mining [79][80] Defunct.
1795 Murray, Draper, Fairman & Co Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Manufacturing Merged 1858 into the American Banknote Corporation
1795 Dixon Jersey City, New Jersey (found.) Pencils [81][82] Now based in Lake Mary, Florida.
1795 Jim Beam Clermont, Kentucky Distillery [4][32]
1796 Shreve, Crump & Low Boston, Massachusetts Jewelry [83][84][85]
1797 The Birkett Mills Penn Yan, New York Mill-Buckwheat products [86][87] Based in Penn Yan, NY
1797 Gruber's Hagerstown Town & Country Hagerstown, Maryland Almanack [88][89]
1797 Wayside Inn Middletown, Virginia Hotel [90][91]
1798 Alan McIlvain Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (found.) Sawmill [92][93]
1798-1809 Pratt-Read Ivoryton, Connecticut Tools [94][95][96]
1798 W. Rose Blockley Township, Pennsylvania Tools [97][98]
1801 Crane & Co. Dalton, Massachusetts Papermaking [32][51] Now a subsidiary of Crane Co.
1801 Revere Copper Company Canton, Massachusetts (found.) Copper Processing [99] Now based in Rome, New York.
1802 DuPont Wilmington, Delaware Chemicals [4][32] Merged 2017 into DuPont de Nemours, Inc.
1806 Colgate New York City Consumer goods [32]
1807 Wiley New York City (found.) Publisher Now based in Hoboken, New Jersey.
1810 Black, Starr & Frost New York City Jeweler [100]
1810 The Hartford Hartford, Connecticut Financial
1811 Pfaltzgraff York County, Pennsylvania Tableware [32][101][102] Sold to Lifetime Brands, Inc. in 2005. Only Internet presence.
1811 Davenport Peters Boston, Massachusetts Lumber [103] Defunct 1991.
1812 City Bank of New york New York City Bank Now Citigroup
1813 ContiGroup Arlon (then Belgium.) Food Expanded to the U.S. in 1921.
1813 Seth Thomas Plymouth Hollow, Connecticut Clockmaker Defunct. Now a brand of CST Enterprises.
1815 Louisville Stoneware Louisville, Kentucky Pottery
1816 Hodgdon Yachts East Boothbay, Maine Yachts
1816 The York Water Company York, Pennsylvania Water utility
1816 Remington Ilion, New York Firearms; typewriters
1816 Stark Brothers Nurseries and Orchards Louisiana, Missouri Farm
1817 Atkins & Pearce Cincinnati, Ohio (found.) Braided Textile Manufacturing Now based in Covington, Kentucky.
1817 Harper New York City Publishing Merged 1989 into HarperCollins.
1818 Breck's Boston, Massachusetts (found.) Flowers [104] Acquired by Gardens Alive!
1818 Brooks Brothers New York City Clothing
1818 Brown Bros. & Co. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (found.) Bank Merged 1931 into Brown Brothers Harriman & Co.
1818 Marshall Elevator Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (found.) Elevators Acquired by Otis.
1819 Jacob Bromwell Cincinnati, Ohio (found.) Housewares Incorporated on 1883.
1819 Cravath, Swaine & Moore New York City Law firm

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