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 from Philadelphia […]

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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” from Lancaster, […]

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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 […]

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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 https://lccn.loc.gov/2003627062 Kennedy, T. J. Map […]

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Map–Chester County, Pennsylvania. 1856

Shows reference to the “White Horse Inn”. Library of Congress Digital Copy https://lccn.loc.gov/2012590186 Kennedy, T. J. Map of Chester County, Pennsylvania / corrected, embellished, and published by T.J. Kennedy, Westchester ; from […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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: […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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