The Oldest Tavern In America Is Right Here In Rhode Island And It Has A Fascinating History

The White Horse Tavern was built in 1652 when our nation was a loose band of colonies British soldiers, pirates, and colonists all called Newport home. The large building was converted to a tavern in 1672, making it the oldest tavern in the United States. This unique Rhode Island treasure was one of the nation’s first meeting houses and served all manner of early American residents, including Hessian mercenaries, sailors, and even founding fathers.

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Visiting the oldest bar in America is on a lot of people’s Bucket List. Is it on yours? The White Horse Tavern is located at 26 Marlborough Street in Newport. Let us know your experience in the comments.