White Horse Tavern (Newport, Rhode Island)

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White Horse Tavern
The White Horse Tavern Newport Rhode Island est. 1673.jpg
White Horse Tavern in 2017
White Horse Tavern (Newport, Rhode Island) is located in Rhode Island
White Horse Tavern (Newport, Rhode Island)
White Horse Tavern (Newport, Rhode Island) is located in the US
White Horse Tavern (Newport, Rhode Island)
Location Newport, Rhode Island
Coordinates 41°29′30″N 71°18′51″W / 41.49167°N 71.31417°W / 41.49167; -71.31417Coordinates: 41°29′30″N 71°18′51″W / 41.49167°N 71.31417°W / 41.49167; -71.31417
Built 1652–1673
Part of Newport Historic District (#68000001[1])
NRHP reference # 72000032[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP February 23, 1972
Designated NHLDCP November 24, 1968

The White Horse Tavern, constructed before 1673 in Newport, Rhode Island, is believed to be the oldest tavern building in the United States.[2] It is located on the corner of Farewell and Marlborough streets in Newport.


The tavern in 2009.

Frances Brinley constructed the original building on the site in 1652.[2] In 1673, the lot was sold to William Mayes, and the building was enlarged to become a tavern.[2] The building was also used for large meetings, including use as a Rhode Island General Assembly meeting place, a court house, and a city hall.[2] William Mayes, Sr., obtained a tavern license in 1687 and William Mayes, Jr., a well-known pirate, operated the tavern through the early eighteenth century.[2] The operation was named "The White Horse Tavern" in 1730 by owner Jonathan Nichols.[2] During the American Revolution, Tories and British troops were quartered there around the time of the British occupation and the Battle of Rhode Island.[2] After years of neglect as a boarding house, Newport's Van Bueren family donated money to the private Preservation Society of Newport to restore the building in 1952.[2] After the restoration, the building was sold and once again operated as a private tavern and restaurant.[2] As of 2015, it still remains a popular drinking and dining location.[3]

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  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "The Architectural Heritage of Newport, Rhode Island" - Page 433 by Antoinette Forrester Downing, Vincent Joseph Scully - 1967
  3. ^ http://www.whitehorsetavern.com/history.htm

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