Three Tuns Tavern - Mt. Holly Historic District - Mount Holly, NJ
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Located @ the intersection of Mill & Pine Streets, the Mill Street Tavern (also known as) is the oldest standing building in town. It has been a tavern & hotel since it opened in 1723. Be careful though, it's haunted!
Waymark Code: WMH1GH
Location: New Jersey, United States
Date Posted: 05/06/2013
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
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5. THE MILL STREET HOTEL (open), 67 Mill St., is the last remnant of the Three Tun Tavern of Colonial times. A "tun" was a hogshead or measure for liquor, and a tavern was known as a one-tun, two-tun or three-tun depending on its size. Erected in 1720, it is one of the oldest buildings in Mt. Holly. The original brick walls, revealed in places through a crumbling coat of stucco, were incorporated in the present structure which , altered many times, is still used as a hotel. A covered cobblestone driveway leads to the rear where stagecoaches once stopped in the carriage yard. --- Pennsylvania: A Guide to the Keystone State, 1940; page 294

Of all the historic sites in Mount Holly, the Three Tuns Tavern at Pine and Mill Streets is the oldest. Built in 1723 by Samuel Bryant, it has been used as a tavern for the past 250 years. There is some Revolutionary War history connected with this site as well as the Court of Admiralty met here during the last year of the Revolutionary War. Given the nearby 7-Eleven and newer homes, this place seems oddly out of place, yet despite its years, it is still in active use. I definitely plan on having a cold one here as soon as summer hits and school lets out.

The Mill Street Tavern was built about forty years after the first settlers arrived in Mount Holly. There appeared to be a need for a place to rest and libation, so the Three Tuns Tavern was built near the mill in Mount Holly, at that time called Bridgetown because of all the bridges over the various feeders to the Rancocas Creek. Samuel Brian Was the first owner and innkeeper, and few changes have been made to the building since his time. it is of course the oldest Inn in Mt. Holly and was grabbed as quarters by the Hessian soldiers during their occupation here in 1776, the DAR reports. Ghosts of Mount Holly: A History of Haunted Happenings

Naturally, a building this old and unique is also a contributing structure to the Mount Holly Historic District. In my never ending quest to document all things contributing, I visited the town library to retrieve the nomination form and narratives for the historic district. The reference desk rewarded me with a very old, crumbling NRHP packet from 1969. Despite what on-line sources would have you believe, there are actually 39 contributing structures and not 36.

From the Nomination Form:
1. THREE TUNS TAVERN .... 1723 ....Mill and Pine Streets

Two and one-half story rectangular Inn; inside end chimneys; Flemish bond brick; three round roofed dormers with 6/6 windows and clapboard sides; second floor windows 6/6; first floor windows were 12/6; gabled roof with box cornices; four bay front porch, two stories; second floor porch enclosed by railing with pierced and carved balusters (H.A.B.S. NJ 230).

Pine & Mill Streets
Mount Holly, NJ 08060

Name of Historic District (as listed on the NRHP): Mt. Holly Historic District

Link to page with the Historic District: [Web Link]

NRHP Historic District Waymark (Optional): [Web Link]

Convergence of Mill and Pine Streets Mt Holly, NJ 08060

How did you determine the building to be a contributing structure?: Narrative found on the internet (Link provided below)

Optional link to narrative or database: Not listed

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