America’s Oldest Tavern, Newport, RI

White Horse Tavern

The White Horse Tavern claims to be the oldest tavern in the country and many, but not all, lists of America’s oldest bars will agree.  The structure was built in 1652 as a private residence and opened as a tavern in 1673. The tavern has a rich history: it served as the meeting place for the Colony’s General Assembly, Criminal Court and City Council; was once owned by a pirate; and, served as a rooming house. The building was showing its age by the 1950s, when The Preservation Society of Newport County acquired and restored it. It is now privately owned and still operates as a restaurant and bar. Visited August 2014.

Location: 26 Marlborough St., at Farewell Street

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