Native American–Allegheny Path

Overlaying a map of Native American paths over a map of Chester County shows the “Allegheny Path” [path no. 1] passing directly behind the White Horse Tavern.  The path stretches […]

Notes from Council of War–1777-09-23

[Camp near Pottsgrove, Pa., 23 September 1777] At a Council of War held at the Camp near Potts Grove the 23d day of Septemr 1777. Present His Excellency the Commander[,] […]

List of Maps Referencing the White Horse

The improved part of the Province of Pennsylvania. 1759 Shows White Horse and many other taverns.  Also shows Kennison’s home nearby.  Roads near the tavern are “The Road to Philadelphia” […]

Thomas Jefferson Slept Here

On his way from Philadelphia to Monticello, Thomas Jefferson, on his horse, left on September 3rd, 1776, making his first stop at the White Horse. He paid 11 shillings for […]

Mention of “New Stone Brew-House” in 1765

Owen Aston advertised the White Horse Tavern for sale. He described the property comprised of “150 acres of choice land, 20 acres of which is extraordinary meadow, and well watered; […]

October 21, 1747–Tavern Sold at Auction

The Pennsylvania Gazette, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 16 Oct 1746, Sun  •  Page 4 Sold out of James Trego’s estate. Mentions tavern has been a good business for 30 years on a […]

Freemason Lodge No. 50, A.V.M.

The history of Freemasons in Chester county starts with Philadelphia Lodge 2, to Valley Force Lodge 8, to the “first Lodge to meet in” Chester Lodge No. 50. Lodge 50 […]

William Trent Visits the White Horse

William Trent wrote a letter to Richard Peters about marriage, business, and Indians. He stayed at the White Horse Inn on the night of July 21st, 1750, possibly along with […]

Gen. Smallwood lay at the White Horse

I haven’t found a copy of the actual handwritten notes by Captain Thomas Buchanan. Our Inn is west of Paoli. At the affair of Paoli, in the fall of 1777, […]

Two Old Photographs of the Tavern

For a bit, I thought these were the same photo, but I was wrong. They are probably separated by one or two decades. The photo below is shows the house […]

Once Owned by the Richest Man in Philadelphia

Referenced in Wayside Inns on Lancaster Turnpike, written in 1915, calls William Weightman “one of Philadelphia’s well-known capitalists, by whom it was remodeled and repaired.” He bought the White Horse […]

Military Use in 1840’s

The barn provided shelter in the 1840s for horses as their owners, members of the 4th regiment, formerly the 143rd, gathered for drill and inspections on orders from Colonel Samuel […]

Possible Underground Railway Stop

When we purchased the Tavern from Skip Miller, it was so much fun to walk around the house and listen to the history he discovered in his 42 years of […]

Map-Chester Co., Pennsylvania. 1860

Real property map published by Kennedy, T. J. in 1860. Shows Tavern owner Adam Reitenbaugh (spelled as A. Reitenaugh and A. Rittenbough). Library of Congress Digital Copy Kennedy, T. […]

Map–Chester County, Pennsylvania. 1856

Shows reference to the “White Horse Inn”. Library of Congress Digital Copy Kennedy, T. J. Map of Chester County, Pennsylvania / corrected, embellished, and published by T.J. Kennedy, Westchester […]

Animation of Battle of the Clouds

Kudos to Western Heritage Mapping on the animation of the battle of the clouds.  The house, where at the end of the video, Washington’s troops are lined up before they […]

Carved Graffiti

Many places on the property have initials or carvings.  One near the front door of the 1715 property clearly says B+H.  Not sure who that might be, but the serifs […]

Scene Of Indian Fight

[Taken from 1954 Main Line Times Article citing notes of Mrs. L. Carstairs Pierce] In 1727 a group of passing Indians shot and killed Richard Thomas’ cow there under the […]

National Register of Historic Places

Title: White Horse Tavern National Register Information System ID: 78002373 Applicable Criteria: EVENT ARCHITECTURE/ENGINEERING Areas Of Significance: COMMERCE MILITARY ARCHITECTURE Periods Of Significance: 1750-1799 Significant Years: 1750 Resource Type: BUILDING […]

James Thomas First Owner

The history of the White Horse Tavern starts with James Thomas. He was originally from Marion, Pa: James Thomas of Merion. From Llandboyden, Caermarthenshire. Will proved in Philadelphia, August 10, […]

Sources cited by Articles on the Tavern

Good sources with references and stories related to the White Horse Tavern & Inn in Chester Country: History of Chester County, Philadelphia, Pa. 1881, Futhey and Cope; [ACQUIRED] Chester County […]

Short history of the Tavern in TEHSHQ

Tredyffrin Easttown Historical Society History Quarterly, October 1970 Volume 15 Number 4, Page 77 At Plane Brook, on the southside, is the Swananbers home. This was formerly the White Horse […]

Long Line of Ownership

The ownership dates back to the early 18th century: James Thomas (<1711 – 1722) A Welshman, Thomas, built a log cabin on this location before 1711, and according to tradition, […]

History of the White Horse Tavern

Welcome to my attempt at collecting all the disparate pieces of information related to the White Horse Tavern.  I will endeavor to update this with all the information, pictures, books, […]