Seymour Historical Society: Program on Colonial Taverns Slated

The Seymour Historical Society, 59 West St., will host a presentation on the important role of roadside taverns in Colonial America at 2 p.m. Sunday, September 29. Taverns and inns provided travelers with a place to get a hot meal and a good night’s sleep, and before billboards, painted tavern signs were the most visible form of roadside art and advertising.  Admission is free for members and $5 for non-members.

SEYMOUR — The Seymour Historical Society will host a presentation by Natalie Belanger, adult programs manager at the Connecticut Historical Society, on the important role of roadside taverns in Colonial America at 2 p.m. Sunday, September 29, 59 West St. Long before Motel 6 and McDonald’s, taverns and inns provided travelers with a place to get a hot meal and a good night’s sleep. These establishments were considered so important that towns were required to have at least one.

And long before billboards on interstate highways, painted tavern signs were the most visible form of roadside art and advertising.

Ms. Belanger will discuss tavern life and travel in early America and show examples of signs used by proprietors to advertise their services.

Admission is free for members and $5 for non-members.

The doors will open at 1 p.m.

Those seeking further information may call 203-881-2156, email psussman@snet.net or visit www.seymourhistoricalsociety.org.

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