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History and Hops: Early Inns & Taverns in CT and New England

May 4 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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Join The MATT at Brass Works Brewing Co. for a special afternoon learning about the history of taverns in Connecticut and New England, several of which still stand.

The foundation of the United States was built upon the vibrant tavern culture that thrived during colonial times. Taverns were not just places to drink, but also served as welcoming havens for travelers in need of food and lodging for both themselves and their trusty steeds. As the American Revolution brewed, these establishments shed their British roots and proudly embraced the title of taverns, be-coming hotbeds of rebellion and camaraderie.

In a groundbreaking shift, both men and women were granted licenses to manage taverns, leading to a wave of successful entrepreneurs. Join us as John Cilio takes us on a journey through the varied experiences of travelers who dined, drank, and rested at these historic New England establishments with a focus on Connecticut. It’s incredible to think that several of these iconic taverns still stand today!

John Cilio is a fascinating historical storyteller, author, and researcher who has been captivating audiences with his tales of the past for over 15 years. As a proud member of the Organization of American Historians and the Association for the Study of Connecticut History, John has shared his wealth of knowledge through numerous articles in national magazines and newspapers. Currently residing in Sherman, Connecticut, John Cilio continues to inspire and educate with his captivating storytelling and in-depth research. Get ready to be transported through time and experience history though period stories and vintage photographs.


Address: 2066 Thomaston Ave, Waterbury, CT 06704

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$10 per person, Pre-registration is required due to limited spots.
Support for this program provided by the George A. and Grace L. Long Foundation.


May 4
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Mattatuck Museum
144 West Main Street
Waterbury, CT 06702 United States
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