The tradition continues when the Warwick Historical Society hosts its popular Tavern Night at Baird's Tavern, 103 Main St. in Warwick on Thursday, March 12, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Enjoy an evening of wine, beer, and light appetizers in the historic building where Gen. George Washington is noted to have enjoyed a pint of grog on route to his men in Newburgh.
This fund raiser will benefit the Warwick Historical Society and its mission of preserving and celebrating the history of the Town of Warwick and its people.
Baird's Tavern was built in 1766 by Francis Baird. The building has been a residence, office space and, during the Revolutionary War era, an important part of the community as a store, tavern and inn.
The street level of the building is a functioning tavern with period representation decor, intimate spaces and a beautiful bar. The tavern is open seven days a week, and has a wildly popular Broadway at Baird's event monthly (see their Facebook page for details).
The upper levels of the historic building are maintained as museum rooms by the Historical Society and furnished with period pieces and artifacts as it would have been in the past. These rooms, including the bedroom where Martha Washington slept and the attic where the militia practiced in secret so as not to be arrested for treason, will be open during the evening and local historians available to discuss the rich and layered history of Baird's Tavern and Warwick.
Tavern Night tickets are $45 for society members, $55 for non-members and at the door. Reservations are recommended by calling 845-986-3236, or stop by society headquarters at the A.W. Buckbee Center, 2 Colonial Avenue, Warwick.
New members are always welcome. For more information about the Warwick Historical Society's many programs, events and historic properties, and ways you can get involved in preserving history in Warwick, visit www.whsny.org, Facebook.com/whsny.org, or call 845-986-3236.