Waterman Tavern

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Waterman Tavern
CoventryRI WatermanTavern.jpg
Waterman Tavern is located in Rhode Island
Waterman Tavern
Waterman Tavern is located in the US
Waterman Tavern
Location 283 Maple Valley Rd., Coventry, Rhode Island
Coordinates 41°43′10″N 71°39′37″W / 41.71944°N 71.66028°W / 41.71944; -71.66028Coordinates: 41°43′10″N 71°39′37″W / 41.71944°N 71.66028°W / 41.71944; -71.66028
Area 3 acres (1.2 ha)
Built 1744
NRHP reference # 74000040[1]
Added to NRHP July 24, 1974

The Waterman Tavern is a historic house and tavern at 283 Maple Valley Road, near Whaley's Hollow in Coventry, Rhode Island. The 2-1/2 story wood-frame house was built some time before 1747 by John Waterman, who was licensed to operate a tavern on the premises in that year. It is five bays wide with a central chimney. The site was advantageously located on what was then the main road between Providence and Plainfield, Connecticut. The tavern was a center of civic discourse, and town meetings were regularly held there until 1835.[2]

The tavern is also notable as being one of the first stops along the route taken by Count de Rochambeau's army during its march from Providence to Yorktown, Virginia in 1781 during the American Revolutionary War. The main army camped near the tavern, while the officers were quartered in the tavern itself.[2]

The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.[1]

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  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b "NRHP nomination for Waterman Tavern" (PDF). Rhode Island Preservation. Retrieved 2014-07-31.