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, etc. that have some reference to the White Horse, often […]

Two Old Photographs of the Tavern

For a bit I thought there were the same photo, but I was wrong. There are two photos of the Tavern, taken around 1900. What is interesting is that the photos are years, if not decades apart (looking at the […]

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 sometime after 1869, where he repaired and remodeled the home, […]

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 Burnett. An advertisement appeared in the September 30, 1845 edition […]

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 rehabbing the property as he lived there.   One story […]

Map from 1785

Seat of war in the environs of Philadelphia https://www.loc.gov/resource/g3824p.ar131400/

Map from 1759

Philadelphia; Sold by the author, Nicholas Scull, 1759.   https://www.loc.gov/resource/g3820.ar129400/

Confusion about the Real White Horse Tavern

I’ve now seen a book and a video that refer to a different building as the White Horse Tavern. They are confused by a marketing scheme to use the history of the White Horse to advertise a wine bar located […]

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 leave the area is the White Horse Tavern. Check out […]

First Reading of the Declaration of Independence

In part of the backup for the historical landmark designation for the White Horse Tavern, I found reference to this interesting tidbit. Skip Miller had mentioned this rumor, but this was the first I found it in writing, albeit not […]

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 on the H are not something you see very often […]

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 misapprehension it was some sort of fat deer.  Thomas drove […]

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 Related Collections: National Register of Historic Places Collection Date Published: […]

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, 1699. He mentions his sons Nathan Thomas and James Thomas, […]

Sources cited by Articles on the Tavern

These are sources I still need to track down original copies of: Futhey and Cope, History of Chester County, Philadelphia, Pa. 1881; History of Malvern, ed. G. N. Highley, Malvern, Pa. 1964; Tredyffrin-Easttown History Club Quarterlies, 1931, 1940, 1942; History […]

British War Map from 1777

British camp at “Trudruffrin” from the 18th to the 21st of September 1777, with the attack made by Major General Grey against the rebels near White Horse Tavern on the 20th. of September. https://www.loc.gov/item/gm71000676/

Map from 1770

One of the few buildings shown on an early map of PA is “White Horse”: Improved Parts and Frontiers version of W. Scull Map of the Province of Pennsylvania https://www.loc.gov/item/74692507/

Map from 1687

The map doesn’t show the White Horse, but it’s interesting to compare with future maps. Map surveyed by Tho. Holme sold by P.Lea

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 Tavern, with blacksmith shops across the road, and graves of […]

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 kept an inn at this location while he was constable […]