An early tavern 1710-1764 run by Innkeeper John Muzzey, was not opened solely for the convenience of travelers but for the comfort and entertainment of the townsfolk as well. There they could learn the local news and discuss town affairs, and evidence of that was the many notices of town-meetings, elections, auctions, missing slaves, livestock, posted on the taproom walls.
Innkeepers were some of the few subscribers to the current newspapers, and they read them aloud to their assembled patrons. Letters were also left at the tavern to be passed along to the ones addressed to. Consequently the innkeeper was often the best informed and most influential citizen in town and was often elected to public office.
To be continued.
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