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; also a very good orchard; there is every conveneincy for […]

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 94 acre property. Mentions several adjacent properties for sale. 130 […]

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 met at the “Sign of the White Horse” from 1790 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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, […]