The United States has had a long love affair with bars and taverns. They spring up and drop away constantly, and earn reputations for being great bars for sports, for meeting people, for great beer, or excellent mixology. Neighborhood bars are an especially wonderful place to bend an elbow and catch up on the news of the day. The more a part of the community they become, the longer they’re likely to last, becoming a touchstone of a neighborhood.

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The United States’ ten oldest bars have all been standing since before the Revolutionary War. Even when the US split off from Britain, the British-style taverns and inns survived. Here are the ten oldest bars, from newest to oldest.

10 White Swan Tavern: 1730

In Chestertown, Maryland, White Swan Tavern has been serving drinks for almost three hundred years. Today, it’s just a day trip from Baltimore, Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This makes it an easy trip for any East Coast history buff, and it is the perfect weekend retreat from any of those hectic cities.

The tavern was consistently operated as a tavern until 1853, then it seems to have fallen into disrepair. In 1978, it was completely restored to its 1793 appearance, using known historic inventories. The original paint color was even reproduced using painstaking historical analysis. It has reopened as a comfortable inn and bar.

9 Red Fox Inn & Tavern: 1728

This boutique inn and tavern in Middleburg, Virginia is an idealized testament to an bygone way of life. It is bucolic and peaceful, with a venerated history. Many notable people have spent time at the Red Fox Inn, including President John F. Kennedy, who held a press conference in one of the inn’s rooms. Jacqueline Kennedy-Onassis frequently stayed at the inn overnight while foxhunting in the area.

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Today, the inn and tavern is on the National Historic Register. In addition to eating and drinking there, you can still stay in one of the historic bedrooms or hold an event.

8 Logan Inn: 1727

Logan Inn has the honor of being one of the oldest taverns in the United States, as well as the oldest continually-operating inn. It’s a staple of Main Street in New Hope, Pennsylvania. The wrap-around patio has been glass-enclosed and features stone walls from the original façade of the building. Original wall paintings complete the historic feeling, but it has been updated with flat-screen TVs.

Today, the bar serves craft cocktails and local beer. There’s also newly remodeled rooms where guests can still stay, and a spa for guests to enjoy. It’s a romantic getaway for any history lover.

7 Three Tuns Tavern: 1723

Since being opened in 1723, Three Tuns Tavern (also sometimes known as the Mill Street Tavern, named for the street it’s on in Mount Holly, New Jersey) has continuously operated as a tavern and inn.

The name “Three Tuns” refers to the tavern’s size. A tun was a measure for liquor, and a tavern was known as a one-tun, two-tun, or three-tun to designate how many people could fit inside. The original brick walls still stand, though at some point they were covered in a coat of stucco. Stagecoaches one stopped in the carriage yard. Supposedly, the building is haunted today.

6 Colt’s Neck Inn: 1717

Standing for just over three hundred years, Colt's Neck Inn in Colts Neck, New Jersey, is still serving drinks and dinner. Inside there are photos dating back to 1925. The white clapboard exterior walls still look the same as they do in the old photos.

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You can’t stay in the Inn anymore, but the grill has been winning Best Steakhouse and Best Brunch in Monmouth County, so that’s certainly worth checking out. They also recently remodeled the ballroom, so it can be rented out for weddings and banquets, carrying on the legacy of being a gathering place.

5 Longfellow’s Wayside Inn: 1716

In Sudbury, Massachusetts, Longfellow’s Wayside Inn sits on one of the older commissioned roads in the United States. For a long time, the Inn functioned as a meeting place for historic meetings and galleries, as well as a full inn and bar under the name “How’s Tavern.” The hall could be rented out for dances and was a common place for people to come together as they traveled through Massachusetts. Even Henry David Thoreau travelled through, writing in his journal that he “left our horses at How’s Tavern.”

The bar burned down in 1955 and had to be almost entirely rebuilt. Henry Ford’s family was on the board and financed the rebuilding. Today, it’s listed as a Nationally Significant Historic Landmark. You can still enjoy lunch or dinner and a drink in the colonial style dining room.

4 Robert Morris Inn: 1710

Oxford, Maryland sits on the Tred Avon River and the Choptank River, and used to be one of Maryland’s largest ports. Even though the shipping industry has moved on, the city remains popular. It’s described as a picture-perfect town, worthy of being on a postcard representing what colonial US used to look like. The Robert Morris Inn still stands on a peninsula, jutting out into the rivers to overlook where the shipping used to happen.

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The bar is named after Robert Morris, a merchant and the father of the Financier of The American Revolution, Robert Morris, Jr. It was originally a private home, but was expanded and turned into an inn. Today, entering it feels like stepping back 300 years in time. The historic bedrooms are completely intact, and the tinder beams, paneled walls, and open fires are similar to the original ones.

3 Old Yarmouth Inn: 1696

What began as an inn and stage stop for travelers is now a famous restaurant and bar. The chefs at the Old Yarmouth Inn use fresh, seasonal ingredients to create delicious meals, as has been done in the building since the late 17th century.

Unfortunately, no one can stay in the inn anymore. The building is apparently haunted now, so maybe that’s why no one is allowed to stay overnight. Reportedly the ghosts are well-mannered though, and even give visitors and workers help when they need it, so they’re no reason to stay away. Stop by, have a meal, and take a photo at this famous building.

2 The Broad Axe Tavern: 1681

Ambler, Pennsylvania is home to several of America’s oldest bars, including the second oldest standing bar, The Broad Axe Tavern. It’s been standing since 1681, and legend has it that the name comes from axes used to clear the woods around the area. The tavern grew out of an old path where farmers took their grain to mill.

In the 18th century, the tavern grew as the new owner Derrick Van Pelt began horse races along Skippack Road. After it ended, racing fans commiserated their wins and losses inside the bar. Later, during the Revolutionary War, General George Washington passed by the bar and actually mentioned it in his diaries and a letter.

1 White Horse Tavern: 1673

The White Horse Tavern in Newport, Rhode Island has the unique distinction of being America’s oldest tavern. The tavern’s website says that the building the White Horse Tavern is in has actually been standing since 1652, making it one of the oldest standing buildings in the United States.

The red clapboard building has a colonial vibe that is instantly recognizable. Inside, a tiny front hall and fireplaces big enough to stand in are classic features of 17th century American architecture. It’s a National Historic Landmark, so it’s definitely the best place to take your beer-loving history buff for a night out.

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