Va. History Museum Curator to Study Tavern Food
News Article: PilotOnline.com
The Associated Press
© September 10, 2011
The curator of archaeology at the Virginia Museum of Natural History in Martinsville is studying the food eaten by guests visiting an 18th century tavern.
Elizabeth Moore will study the Golden Ball Tavern in Petersburg. It served as an important meeting venue for America's founding fathers and later British officers during the American Revolution.
Taverns were among the few public places where people could gather to discuss the issues of the day.
British officers were quartered at the tavern in 1781. And in 1784, the General Assembly established it as a meeting place of the courts and the common council.
Moore is analyzing remains from pigs, cows, lambs, chickens, and various wild game served there. She says they can provide important clues to the economic changes occurring at the time.
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