The iconic American tavern was the place to meet, socialize, & enjoy entertainment in early America. This two-day workshop in the gorgeous, spacious Briggs Tavern examines the tavern’s role in society & permits participants to experience the at-times rollicking atmosphere of a tavern. Topics include drinking & libations, entertainments, & female tavern keepers. A special presentation explains how the Briggs Tavern was discovered, taken down, & moved to Eastfield for reassembly. Some of the ongoing restoration work to this architectural treasure is detailed. Attendees experience a tavern evening including a period meal, learn historic dances, listen to early American music, & be entertained by early American games & magic. 


Please note this class runs approximately from 9AM - 5PM. (Subject to Instructor Discretion) 


SKU: 364215376135199
  • Phil Dunning is a former archeological researcher for Parks Canada & has researched 18th and 19th century American taverns, drinking, & distilling for decades. Anne Lanning is Senior Vice President at Historic Deerfield. Robert Olson is proprietor of Historical Conjuring and Entertainments. William McMillen is Historic Eastfield Foundation board member & retired supervisor of restoration at Historic Richmond Town, Staten Island NY. Peter Schaaphok is Historic Eastfield Foundation board member. Sue Braisted has three decades of experience in historical dance & specializes in teaching Baroque & 18th century country dance.


    Due to limited seating, we request that you cancel at least 2 weeks notice before the scheduled class in order to receive a full refund. This gives us the opportunity to fill the class. You may cancel by phone or by emailing