Just Some Highlights of the Tavern’s Storied Past...
- Dating back to at least 1782, the Old Stone Tavern is the oldest commercial building, and at least the second oldest building overall, in Pittsburgh.
- Declared a Pittsburgh Historical Structure on October 12, 2009 by a unanimous decision.
- Tavern Ledger N (currently stored in the Carnegie Library’s Rare Books Room). From 1793 to 1797, in a script fine and feathery, an Old Stone Tavern innkeeper recorded the names and accounts of his pioneer patrons. He wrote down, still using English pounds and shillings, what his customers ate, what they drank and what they bought, from beef and bacon, cloth and clothing, to hay and oats for their horses. Among these patrons were:
- 109 Veterans of the American Revolution
- 16 Men who would serve in the War of 1812
- 89 Participants of the Whiskey Rebellion
- Meeting House of the Whiskey Rebellion.
- President Ulysses S. Grant visited the Tavern in 1869.
- Operated as a Tavern from 1782 until 2008.
- Was an alleged Speakeasy during Prohibition.
- Captures the American Experience.
FUTURE OF THE TAVERN AND ITS PROPERTY
Our mission is to secure ownership of Pittsburgh’s Old Stone Tavern and its property, provide for its long-term preservation, and educate the public about its significance in United States history. But as important as it is to preserve this storied landmark, we believe that it’s an even more essential part of our future. This can be a destination that enriches the lives of both local residents and all who visit. We envision a place that not only attracts visitors from throughout the region, but truly reconnects the West End to the City of Pittsburgh. As it has done for almost 240 years, this historic structure has always been, and should once again be, a gathering place with the purpose of bringing people together. This is the story of us. It’s not just our duty to preserve that legacy...but to celebrate it...and build upon it so that we may connect future generations to both the present and the past.
Highlights of Future Plans for the Property...
- Old Stone Tavern & Restaurant.
- Opportunity to relax, dine, and even spend the night in a Tavern that has hosted guests since the American Revolution.
- World-Class Whiskey Bar in an actual Prohibition Speakeasy (Tavern Basement).
- On-Site Distillery & Tasting Room.
- Tavern Museum and Multipurpose Space.
- Perfect for School Groups...truly unique opportunity for future generations to experience a historic landmark in person and learn about local history and its vital role in American history.
- Community Garden, Park Memorial, and Green Space.
- Perfect for hosting Live Music, Community Festivals, Weddings, Corporate Events, Social Outings, Networking Events, Educational Field Trips for Schools, Artist Showcases, Movie Nights, Special Events, Food Truck Festivals, etc.
PLEASE HELP US PRESERVE HISTORY AND BUILD A BRIDGE TO THE FUTURE
Funding benefits Pittsburgh's Old Stone Tavern Friends Trust, Inc. (a 501c3 organization)
For more information and history of the Old Stone Tavern, please visit www.oldstonetavern.com
- Todd Patterson
- Susan Bailey
- Donna Victor
- Ann Scharpf
- Scott Monroe
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