Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Winter's Night at The Beekman Arms

I am in NY State tonight, in Rhinebeck, in an Inn that claims to be the oldest Inn in the US. I don't know about that. I think the Red Lion Inn might arm-wrestle them and win that honor.

This from their history..."A sturdy time and stone building originally built to withstand possible Indian attacks, the Bogardus Tavern served similar purposes - plus rum toddy - against the vicissitudes of waging war on the British Crown. George Washington, Philip Schuyler, Benedict Arnold and Alexander Hamilton slept here, and ate and drank and argued and laughed here during the Revolutionary War. The townsfolk took refuge in the inn while the British burned the state capital, Kingston, across the river."


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