In 1789 the Munroe family entertained President George Washington in the Munroe Tavern when he came to visit Lexington and other places in New England that had seen battle during the American Revolution. You can still see the room, tea service and furniture Washington used on display at the house. The family continued to run the tavern until 1858.
In 1911 the Lexington Historical Society was deeded the house by the last Munroe to live in the tavern. It was added to the list of the National Register of Historic Places during the bicentennial in 1976. In 2011 the house underwent extensive renovation and reopened as the Museum of the British Redcoats. This was a controversial move, considering that the Munroe family home was almost destroyed by the British during the aftermath of the Battle of Lexington.
The Munroe Tavern is located at 1332 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, Massachusetts. It is owned by the Lexington Historical Society and is open from April to October for guided tours.
|1911 news clipping|
The James Smith Munroe mentioned in this article is my 4th cousin, 4x removed. His ancestor, William Munroe, Jr., (my 6x great grand uncle), built the tavern, and it was ultimately inherited by J. S. Munroe, who left it in his will to the Lexington Historical Society. The first William Munroe (1625 -1718), our common ancestor, was a Scots prisoner of war, sold into servitude in Cambridge, and he later settled in Cambridge Farms, now known as the town of Lexington, Massachusetts.
Munroe Tavern Soon
to Open to Public
Beginning Monday next the thousands
of pilgrims to historic spots in New
England will have a new point of in-
terest, and the equal thousands of auto-
mobilists will have a new place at
which to get afternoon tea. I'dr on
that date is to be transferred into a
historical museum the famous Munroe
Tavern in Lexington, which, closed to
the public since about 1858, is now to be
open every day throughout the warmer
monts and probably at inervals dur-
ing the winter. Under the will of
James Smith Munroe, who died Dec. 10
last the property has come into posses-
sion of the Lexington Historical So-
ciety, "which shall keep the premises
in good repair and forever maintain the
name in substanability their present
or original condition * * * and shall at
stated and suitable times open the
house for the inspection of the public."
Since the acceptance of the bequest
by the society a special committee has
been actively at work putting the house
into shape. Four rooms, together with
the great rambling garret, will be open
to the public from May to November,
every weekday from 10 AM to 6 PM,
and on Sundays from 8 to 6 PM.
The Lexington Historical Society Munroe Tavern website http://lhsoc.weebly.com/munroe-tavern.html
Some previous blog posts I have written about the Munroe Tavern:
Rebranding History http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2011/09/rebranding-history.html
5 November 1789, George Washington Dined Here!
You can help with Munroe Tavern Renovations
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