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?”


Event Details


Friday, November 5, 2021 5:00pm


Online via Zoom
117 Pleasant Street
Concord New Hampshire 03301

Hosted By:

New Hampshire Humanities

Contact Info:

Agnes Burt, PhD, Program Manager, Community Project Grants, NH Humanities, aburt@nhhumanities.org