"Throwback Thursday" - Historic Restaurant Chronicles - Vol. 5
Historic Restaurant Chronicles - Vol. 5
Barnsboro Inn - Sewell, New Jersey
Established in 1720 and licensed in 1776, the Barnsboro Inn takes the prize as one of the oldest bars in the United States, and the oldest in the Garden State. At nearly 300 years of age, the restaurant/bar is still operating at 699 Main Street in Sewell, New Jersey. The historic restaurant features two inside bars, three inside dining areas, a new Patio Bar, outdoor table seating, AND live entertainment several nights a week.
According to NJ.com, on March 19, 1776, John Barnes petitioned the Gloucester County Court to license his residence as a tavern. Today, that tavern is known as the Barnsboro Inn, located at the intersection of five main roads in Mantua Township, a section commonly referred to as Barnsboro.
Barnes’ petition was approved, but required him to keep at least two spare beds, stabling and feed for traveler’s horses. Later, the area formerly known as Lodgetown was changed to Barnesborough in honor of the tavern owner, and eventually shortened to Barnsboro, as it is known today.
The inn has been known as the Spread Eagle, the Crooked Billet Inn and Barnsboro Hotel, and eventually stopped boarding travelers and horses, concentrating instead on food and drink. The original section of the structure, built by John Budd, was made with 12-by-16-inch, square, cedar logs around 1720.
Several websites have recognized the Barnsboro Inn as one of the oldest bars in America including beerinfo and thrillist. Today, over 20 bars and taverns have survived since the 1700's and even one tavern that dates back to 1673 located in Rhode Island.
The Barnsboro Inn was listed to the National Register of Historic Places listings in Gloucester County in 1973.
For more information on the Barnsboro Inn, visit their website http://www.barnsboroinn.com/.