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Near West Chester in Chester County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Martin's Tavern or Center House

c. 1764

 
 
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By Keith S Smith, March 14, 2012
1. Martin's Tavern
Inscription.
For over 250 years, a building has stood on this site. First a house, probably built in 1750 for William and Abigail Clayton. In 1764, Joseph Martin built an addition and opened the Center House, or Martin's Tavern. For 200 years it functioned as a Tavern, hotel, Post Office, service station, and boarding house. Abandoned and gutted in the 1970's, it sat neglected and deteriorating for 30 years. By 2005, it was on the verge of collapse. The Friend of Martin's Tavern, a non-profit group of local volunteers, was formed to stabilize and preserve what remained of this historic structure to create a community park.
The Tavern Keepers
1764 – 1776: Joseph Martin • 1768: William Clayton • 1776 – 1786: Abraham Marshall, Owner • 1776: Robert Peoples, Keeper • 1778: Joseph Martin, James Porter, Keepers • 1779: James Bruce, Keeper • 1780 – 1783: Thomas Carpenter, Keeper • 1786 – 1804: Abraham Marshall • 1802: William Marshall • 1805 – 1808: James and Joseph Miller • 1809 – 1811; 1815 – 1816: Joseph Chamberlain • 1818 – 1833: Isaac Carpenter • 1834: John Worrall • 1835 – 1838: Thomas Carpenter •1839 – 1841: Milton Keech • 1842 – 1845: Israel Lamborn • 1846: Hanson Thornbury • 1847: Israel Lamborn • 1848: Richard Milleson • 1851 –
Martin's Tavern or Center House image. Click for full size.
By Keith S Smith, March 14, 2012
2. Martin's Tavern or Center House
1858: Thomas and Richard Speakman • 1858 – 1866: John Steele • 1867: Elizabeth Milleson • 1868 – 1873: Robert B. Lilley • 1875 – 1876: William Steele • 1877: Benton Pierce French

“Remember what was; enjoy what is”

 
Erected 2006 by Friends of the Martin's Tavern.
 
Location. 39° 56.987′ N, 75° 40.877′ W. Marker is near West Chester, Pennsylvania, in Chester County. Marker is at the intersection of Strasburg Road and Northbrook Road, on the right when traveling east on Strasburg Road. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 550 Northbrook Road, West Chester PA 19380, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Martins Tavern and The Battle of Brandywine (here, next to this marker); Humphrey Marshall (here, next to this marker); Tavern Fare (here, next to this marker); Court of Quarter Sessions (a few steps from this marker); Humphry Marshall (within shouting distance of this marker); The Home and Arboretum of Humphry Marshall (within shouting distance of this marker); The Marshallton Historic District (approx. 0.2 miles away); Marshalton Inn (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in West Chester.
 
Related markers.
Martin's Tavern or Center House Sign image. Click for full size.
By Keith S Smith, March 14, 2012
3. Martin's Tavern or Center House Sign
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Also see . . .  Martins Tavern Website. (Submitted on July 18, 2013, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Martin's Tavern or Center House image. Click for full size.
By Keith S Smith, March 14, 2012
4. Martin's Tavern or Center House
Martin's Tavern or Center House image. Click for full size.
By Keith S Smith, March 14, 2012
5. Martin's Tavern or Center House
Martin's Tavern or Center House image. Click for full size.
By Keith S Smith, March 14, 2012
6. Martin's Tavern or Center House
Martin's Tavern or Center House image. Click for full size.
By Keith S Smith, March 14, 2012
7. Martin's Tavern or Center House
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By Keith S Smith, March 14, 2012
8. Martin's Tavern or Center House
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By Keith S Smith, March 14, 2012
9. Martin's Tavern or Center House
Friends of Martin's Tavern image. Click for full size.
By Keith S Smith, March 14, 2012
10. Friends of Martin's Tavern
Friends of Martin’s Tavern Acknowledge the Following Founding Donors and the many others who have helped enable the creation of this park, where stands the remains of a Revolutionary War Tavern.

Chester County Conference and Visitors Bureau

Chester County Historical Society

Margaret P. Anderson
The Douglas Barr Family
Curtis P. Cheyney III
Duke and Mary Evans
Kurt & Sutton Faller
John & Wiggie Featherman
Rob Fenza
Paul & Jeanie Filion
In Memory of Thomas L. Fisher
Elizabeth M. Hopkin
Drs. Raymond P. & Sibylle Jefferis III
Dale & Nannette Krapf
The Leidy Family
The Ludwick Family
Bob & Alma Lyng
Ron & Lizanne Madden
Debbie Nason Naples & Jerry Naples
In Memory of Jane & Toppy Nason
Mr. & Mrs. Bertram L. O’Neill, Jr.
Mikaela Reeves Larsen
David & Canby R. Page
Mr. & Mrs. Robert Portnoy
The Schweitzer Family
Stewart & Josephine Taylor
Temenos Conference and Retreat Center
Nicholas & Pamela Volpone
Alyssa Young by her Mother

Persons and Organizations who gave gifts or services in kind

Russel E. Daniels, PE
Penn State Master Gardeners
Linda Kaat
Craig Rybinski
John P. Kirwin, III
Swartz Campbell, LLC
Jack & Yvonne McFadden
Tim Still

Thomas McGuire
West Bradford Township
John Milner Associates, Inc.

September 24, 2006
Martin's Tavern image. Click for full size.
By Detail of Tavern, March 14, 2012
11. Martin's Tavern
Martin's Tavern where the door should be -- looking east image. Click for full size.
By Keith S Smith, March 14, 2012
12. Martin's Tavern where the door should be -- looking east
 
 
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