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circa 1740

Mail: P.O. Box 115, South Bound Brook, New Jersey 08880 
Location: 17 von Steuben Lane, South Bound Brook, New Jersey 08880

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Two events, one day!

Colonial Tavern Day

at The Franklin Inn and Abraham Staats House

May 19, 2007

Sponsored by a joint partnership between

 The Meadows Foundation & The Friends of the Abraham Staats House, Inc.

with Tavern Keeper Iain Haight Ashton, known as the “Mubling Manxman

Franklin Inn and Used Bookstore
   Ann Van Liew Homestead

Iain Haight Ashton

The “Mubling Manxman








Abraham Staats House



1:00  ~  4:00 pm

At The Franklin Inn (circa 1752)

 2371 Amwell Road in East Millstone, Franklin Township


By 1828, some 45 years after the end of the American Revolution, the Annie Van Liew House had become the Franklin Inn. The (Inn) Tavern supported the new Canal in central New Jersey. England had a new king, George IV. America had over 40 years of independence. John Quincy Adams, son of John Adams, was President & making his mark on the American political scene.


Taverns of the early 19th century continued playing a pivotal role similar to those in the colonial period in the 18th century. 19th century taverns played an important role in the community, as a social gathering place and a place to meet for political discussion and involvement. Taverns were a place to hear local news and news from surrounding areas, and to fet a good meal and lodging.


Tavern pieces from the 18th century (from Iain’s private collection) will be on display to support his ongoing lecture. Many types of drinks and customs from the 18th century stayed alive and well into the 19th century. At the Franklin Inn we have an opportunity to discuss the customs and drinks that evolved from the 18th century to the 19th century. Donations for the Meadows will be accepted for continued programming.



7:00 ~ 10:00 pm

At The Abraham Staats House  (circa 1740)

17 von Steuben Lane, South Bound Brook


Continuing with our day of discussing Taverns, the Abraham Staats House will host a Tavern Night from 7 to 10 pm serving period style refreshments.  Iain Haight-Ashton, Tavern Keeper, will be set up to portray and discuss an 18th century tavern night in New Jersey.  Noted historian Kels Swan will display special pieces from his collection of colonial artifacts and give a talk about colonial taverns.


Evening’ entertainment admission $8;  Children under 12 ~$4.    ($1 off for those who attend in Colonial dress)


            Tavern talk and life in the 18th Century - Tavern Keeper: Iain Haight Ashton

            Light food and refreshments

            Colonial Artifacts and Tavern talk – Noted Historian Kels Swan

            Music by Thomas Harabin

            Magician and Games


Donations will be accepted to support continuing programming at the Abraham Staats House. 

For further information call: (732) 469-8343  

Advance Tickets Available - Please contact:  or call 732-469-8343



Photographs from the Tavern Night 2006:

Some of the guest arriving

Some guest being entertained by the 18th century Magician

Kels Swan speaking to guest about his collection

Tavern Keeper Iain Haight Ashton
















         Tom Harabin performing 18th Century Music


Tavern Keeper Iain Haight Ashton with guests



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