A Woman That Keeps Good Orders: Female Tavern Keepers in 18th Century New Hampshire

A Woman That Keeps Good Orders: Female Tavern Keepers in 18th Century New Hampshire

Government regulations, licensing, handling drunks, controlling the flow of information –why would the colonial-era government allow women to own and manage a tavern? Focusing on the life of Ann Jose Harvey Slayton, this presentation will explore the contradictions between the legal status of women versus the social realities of colonial times.

Using documents related to Harvey Slayton’s 20+ year tenure running a tavern, humanist and historian Marcia Schmidt Blaine explores the world of female tavern keepers while asking, “If a tavern was the most disruptive spot in town, why would a woman want to keep one?”

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