According to historian Peter Thompson in his book Rum, Punch and Revolution: Taverngoing and Public Life in Eighteenth Century Philadelphia, toasting and singing were means of drawing together people from disparate backgrounds. It is only fitting that both traditions continue to flourish at The Washington House, where legend states that at this location The Liberty Bell and its protectors stayed overnight in 1777 during their flight from the British Army.Today the property is not only the site of a splendid 19th century tavern and restaurant; but adjacent to this historic structure is the newly renovated Sellersville Theater.
In the next issue of American Public House Review our correspondents will raise a glass or two at the bar while some of the best musicians in America raise their voices next door.
Join us for a nightcap after the final curtain call.
Posted by: Chris Poh, Publisher