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Title Towns: Orwell: General
Creator Orwell (Vt.)
Dates of Creation 1807-1823
Scope & Content Tavern keepers permits for 1807-1811, 1820-1823. Also 1808 election results for U.S. House of Representatives.
Administrative/Biographical History The regulation of taverns was authorized in 1779 when Vermont was a republic. Magistrates, selectmen, constables, and grand jurymen were to meet in March to nominate the person or persons suitable “to keep an house or houses of public entertainment” in the coming year. The nominations were then submitted to the county court for licensing or refusal of a license based on the number of nominees and evidence the nominee was fit to hold a license. The law also required that “tavern haunters” be identified and their names posted at the door to every tavern in town. “Tippling houses” were prohibited with fines and public whipping permitted for offenders. In 1787 fees were allowed for tavern licenses. In 1798 changes to the law allowed fees based on profits, required taverns and inns to have on hand “suitable refreshments, provisions and accommodations for travelers, their cattle and horses,” and required the posting of suitable identifying signs.
Related People Abel, Wyllys
Austin, Apollos
Boynton, Jeremiah
Brewer, Archibald
Brundige, Joseph
Buck, Stephen
Clark, Alanson
Clark, Cyrus
Clark, Julius C.
Clark, Lemuel, Jr.
Griswold, Samuel
Griswold, Wyllis
Hemenway, Philip
Higley, William S
Marshall, John
Nichols, Charles
Pendleton, Hubbard
Perkins, Wesley
Peters, Brimsley
Peters, Primslow
Rice, Alpheus
Sanford, Levi
Shoals, Joseph
Smith, Ira
Umstad, Jesse
Wicker, Benajah P.
Wicker, John
Credit line Bequest of Hall Park McCullough
Catalog Number 2010.2.54