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Title Towns: Woodstock: general
Creator Woodstock (Vt.)
Dates of Creation 1800-1850
Scope & Content Deed in Woodstock, Vermont. Request to obtain tavern license. Also two letters mentioning the suicide by hanging of James Pearl. Invitation to the Washington Ball in 1850.
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 Casye, Harvey
Dana, Charles
Ellis, William
Lord, William M.
Pearl, James
Perry, Daniel
Swan, Benjamin
Williams, Norman
Credit line Bequest of Hall Park McCullough
Catalog Number 2010.2.5