Viets' Tavern

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Viets' Tavern
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Viets' Tavern is located in Connecticut
Viets' Tavern
Viets' Tavern is located in the US
Viets' Tavern
Location Newgate Rd., East Granby, Connecticut
Coordinates 41°57′43″N 72°44′42″W / 41.96194°N 72.74500°W / 41.96194; -72.74500Coordinates: 41°57′43″N 72°44′42″W / 41.96194°N 72.74500°W / 41.96194; -72.74500
Area 2 acres (0.81 ha)
Built 1763[citation needed]
NRHP Reference # 72001338[1]
Added to NRHP February 23, 1972

Viets' Tavern is an 18th-century tavern on Newgate Road, directly across the street from the Old Newgate Prison State Historical Site in East Granby, Connecticut.

The date of the construction of this building is not known, but there are multiple references to this tavern in historical records. In 1712, Dr. John Viets was granted a license by the town of Turkey Hills (now East Granby) to "keep a house of public entertainment." His son Jon, and his grandson Luke both had tavernkeepers licenses. The Connecticut Historical Society has a photograph of a sign at the location with the date 1790, although the sign was destroyed in a 1904 fire.[1]

The tavern was popular, not only with prison officials and visitors,[2] but also some of the convicts.[3] It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.[1]

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