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Wooden tavern signs, hung high on posts in front of the building to be obvious to travelers on horseback and in carriages, were a feature of the 18th and 19th century landscape. Placed at frequent (15-20 mile) intervals along public roadways, taverns provided food and drink and often, overnight accommodations (entertainments) of varying degrees of quality and privacy. This sign, "A. Stratton," identifies Arad Stratton (b.1795) the third generation of the family to keep tavern in Northfield, Massachusetts.


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"A. Stratton" Tavern sign

creator   Unidentified
date   1800-1820
location   Northfield Farms, Northfield, Massachusetts
height   60.0"
width   24.0"
process/materials   wood
item type   Public Announcements/Sign
accession #   #1880.083.01

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"E. Wells" Tavern sign

"M. Root" Tavern sign

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