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June 2017

"Ich bin ein Berliner": A Kennedy Mistake?

After the President’s inspiring speech, Soviet leaders were left to wonder: Was Kennedy a peacemaker or aggressor?

Anticipating a West German tour that on June 26, 1963, would take him to Berlin, President John F. Kennedy expressed worry. Charles de Gaulle had recently gone to Germany and won wide acclaim there. Kennedy didn’t want to just follow in the French presidents footsteps.

"My money's on you, Mr. President," the ambassador to Germany, Walter C. Dowling, reassured him.

"We’ll see, we’ll see, we’ll see," Kennedy replied.

The Miranda Decision, 51 Years Later

. . . Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. That mantra, a Supreme Court justice once estimated, is familiar to two billion people around the world, mostly from its regular recitation in television crime dramas. Of all the rights guaranteed under our Constitution, no other is pointed out as often or as clearly. Why?

Washington Supped Here? 33 Revolutionary War Taverns

Abbott Tavern, Andover, MA.
Abbott Tavern hosted Washington in 1789.


Washington is said to have stopped by Baird's for a "drink of grog" in 1783.
Washington is said to have stopped by Baird's for a "drink of grog" in 1783.

Baird’s Tavern, Warwick, NY

105 Main Street, Warwick, NY 10990         

Beekman Arms

Beekman Arms, Rhinebeck, NY

6387 Mill Street, Rhinebeck, NY 12572  

Black Powder Tavern, Wayne, PA

The Black Powder Tavern
    The Black Powder Tavern

1164 Valley Forge Rd, Wayne, PA 19087             

Blue Bell Inn, Blue Bell, PA

601 Skippack Pike, Blue Bell, PA 19422

Broad Axe Tavern, Ambler, PA

901 W Butler Pike, Ambler, PA 19002      

City Tavern, Washington, DC

3206 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007

City Tavern (reconstructed), Philadelphia, PA

138 S 2nd Street Philadelphia, PA 19106

Cranbury Inn, Cranbury, NJ

21 S Main Street, Cranbury, NJ 08512  

Dalton-Herbert Tavern, Alexandria, VA

201 N. Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA          

Originally, this structure was a tavern, which was under construction in 1777, when John Dalton died, and was completed by his son-in-law Thomas Herbert.

Duvall's Tavern, Alexandria, VA

305 Cameron Street, Alexandria, VA

On December 31, 1783, General George Washington was feted at William Duvall's tavern by the gentlemen of the town at the conclusion of the Revolutionary War. From 1788 to 1791, Charles Lee, then Collector of the Port, resided here; from 1793 to 1807, it served as the banking house of the Bank of Alexandria; and, since then, it has been a private residence.

Folsom Tavern, Exeter, NH

1 Governors Ln, Exeter, NH 03833     

Ford Mansion/Washington's HQ, Morristown, NJ

30 Washington Place, Morristown, NJ 07960

Fraunces Tavern, New York, NY

54 Pearl Street, New York, NY 10004

Gabreil Daveis Tavern House, Glendora, NJ

3rd Avenue, Glendora, NJ 08029

The Gabreil Daveis Tavern House was designated a hospital by George Washington during the Revolutionary War. Also known as the Hillman Hospital House, this historic building in Gloucester Township, NJ, was built in 1756 near the Big Timber Creek and housed boatmen who used the creek to ship goods to Philadelphia.

Gadsby's Tavern, Alexandria, VA

134 N Royal Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 

George Washington's Distillery, Mount Vernon, VA

5512 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy., Alexandria, VA 22309

George Washington’s Gristmill was constructed by the first President and part of the original Mount Vernon plantation. The original structure was destroyed about 1850. The Commonwealth of Virginia and the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association have reconstructed the gristmill and the adjacent distillery. The reconstructed buildings are located at their original site three miles (5 km) west of Mount Vernon proper near Woodlawn Plantation in Alexandria, Virginia.

King George II Inn, Bristol, PA

102 Radcliffe Street, Bristol, PA 19007

The Historic King George II Inn claims to be the oldest continuously operated Inn in America – circa 1681.

Knapp's Tavern (Israel Putnam House), Greenwich, CT

243 East Putnam Avenue, Greenwich, CT  06830

McCrady's Tavern, Charleston, SC

2 Unity Alley, Charleston, SC 29401

In 1778, Edward McCrady built a four-story Georgian house on East Bay Street and opened McCrady’s Tavern. Unbeknownst to him, this eponymous watering hole was the origin of what would become part of this very restaurant over 200 years later.

Middleton Tavern, Annapolis, MD

2 Market Space, Annapolis, MD 21401

Munroe Tavern, Lexington, MA

1332 Massachusetts Av Lexington, MA                

Old ’76 House, Tappan, NY

110 Main Street, Tappan, NY 10978

Actually built in 1668, the ’76 House is one of oldest taverns in America and a National Landmark. During the Revolutionary War it served as a safe house for patriots hiding from the British. While George Washington was headquartered nearby, he was a regular diner at the tavern, which functioned as a gathering place for his officers.

Publick House Historic Inn, Sturbridge, MA

277 Main St., Sturbridge, MA 01566

Raleigh Tavern (reconstructed), Williamsburg, VA

410 E Duke of Gloucester St, Williamsburg, VA 23185

Rising Sun Tavern, Fredericksburg, VA

1304 Caroline Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401

The Rising Sun Tavern was built in 1760 as a home by Charles Washington, younger brother of George Washington, and became a tavern in 1792. It was a popular stop for many, including John Marshall, James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, George Mason, and John Paul Jones, among others, during the American Revolutionary War.

Robert Morris Inn, Oxford, MD

314 N Morris Street, Oxford, MD 21654

Rodgers Tavern, Perryville, MD

259 Broad Street, Perryville, MD 21903

Salem Tavern, Winston-Salem, NC

800 South Main Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Samuel Fleming House, Flemington, NJ

5 Bonnell Street, Flemington, NJ 08822

Sun Tavern, Fairfield, CT

1 Town Hall Green, Fairfield, CT 06824

Warren Tavern, Charlestown, MA

2 Pleasant Street, Charlestown, MA 02199

Wayside Inn, Ellicott City, MD

4344 Columbia Road, Ellicott City, MD 21042

The Wayside Inn is located near an original portion of the Old Columbia Turnpike, established in the early 18th Century. This turnpike was intended to serve as a major link from the mill of Ellicott’s Lower Mills, later renamed Ellicott City, south to Georgetown in Washington, DC. An original milepost still stands about 200 yards south of the Inn.

White Horse Tavern, East Whiteland Township, PA

707 Lancaster Ave, Frazer, PA 19355

William Pitt Tavern, Portsmouth, NH

14 Hancock Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801

Ye Olde Centerton Inn, Elmer, NJ

1136 Almond Rd, Elmer, NJ 08318


Ye Olde Tavern, West Brookfield, MA

7 E Main Street, West Brookfield, MA 01585

Ye Olde Tavern, built at West Brookfield in 1760, was a center of colonial life in Massachusetts. The Tavern was located on the Olde Bay Path over which sped the stages from Boston to Albany.