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Evening at the Tavern: a Unique 19th-Century Dining Experience at The Farmers¹ Museum

March 14, 2011

Evening at the Tavern: a Unique 19th-Century Dining Experience at The Farmers’ Museum

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (03/14/2011) — Escape to the 1800s with The Farmers’ Museum’s popular program, Evening at the Tavern. Delight in music and merriment that is topped off with an authentic period dinner. Evening at the Tavern will be offered on Saturday, April 2 and again on Saturday, April 23 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Guests will enjoy a dining experience featuring a four-course candlelit meal, period music and games, and old-fashioned hospitality in the Museum’s historic Bump Tavern. The menu is designed and based on foods that were served in rural 19th-century New York taverns. Dinner includes soup, vegetables, roast meat, fresh bread, and dessert. During the evening, guests will be offered a tour of the historic tavern with the Museum’s interpretative hosts, learning about the history of taverns and travel in the 19th century.

Bump Tavern was built by Jehiel Tuttle in the late 1790s in the village of Ashland, Greene County, New York. Strategically located on the Catskill and Windham Turnpike, the resting spot served cattle drovers and other travelers passing through the area. The tavern was purchased in 1842 by Ephraim Bump, who expanded the building and updated the Federal period architecture with Greek revival porches. In 1952, Bump Tavern was moved to Cooperstown, where it became part of the collection of historic buildings at The Farmers’ Museum.

Space is limited; reservations are required and are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Full payment is required in advance by check or credit card. The fee, which includes the complete meal and an unforgettable experience, is $60; $55 for members of the New York State Historical Association. For more information or to make reservations, please call The Farmers’ Museum at 547-1452.

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