1 Reply Latest reply on Nov 17, 2021 7:16 AM by Rachael Salyer

    Seeking history of Bell in Hand Tavern

    Kim Gleason Newbie

      I'm looking for information on the history of Boston's Bell in Hand Tavern. It claims to be the oldest continually operating tavern in America. https://thebellinhand.com/our-story


      I've found that its current location at 45 Union Street is the third. I have seen a few different things in different sources, but the consensus is the original location was on Court Street approximately where Government Center T station is today. https://historyofmassachusetts.org/oldest-bars-boston/ This page says Congress Street, which is very close so I'd say these are citing the same location. https://www.boston-discovery-guide.com/historic-boston-bars.html. Another article said the original location was near where Old City Hall is on School Street. "The establishment has operated on School Street, Devonshire Street, and the current location on Union Street." https://theclio.com/entry/31989


      The Bell in Hand was certainly in Pi Alley in 1890, according to this image: https://www.historicnewengland.org/explore/collections-access/capobject/?refd=GC001.USMA.Boston.360  and in 1901 here https://www.digitalcommonwealth.org/search/commonwealth-oai:cf95n269h .

      I'm trying to pinpoint how long the Bell in Hand has been in its current location. This article says the 1950s: https://www.bostonmagazine.com/news/2021/03/01/continuously-operating-record/

      This one says 1844: https://historyofmassachusetts.org/oldest-bars-boston/