Tavern of revolutionary times was an important part
of its community. The publican or innkeeper served
as gossip, newsmonger, banker, pawnbroker, expediter
of men or effects, and general host to all.
those early days the intimate association existing
between landlord and public brought about a
still closer one between the tavern guild itself,
establishing a network of communication coextensive
with all the great routes from Maine to Georgia.
The Warren Tavern was probably the first building
erected in Charlestown after the British razed
the town during the Battle of Bunker Hill on
June 17,1775. It was founded by Captain Eliphelet
Newell in 1780.
The Warren Tavern was founded by Captain Eliphelet
Newell in 1780. Newell had been believed to have been
a participant at the famous Boston Tea Party and as
an ardent patriot and admirer of Dr. (General) Joseph
Warren, it is natural that he named his tavern after
the fallen hero of the Battle of Bunker Hill.
because of his untimely death, is little known today.
But as head of the committee for safety, and the Sons
of Liberty, he was the prime mover of the revolution.
Lord North then Prime Minister of Great Britain, described
Warren to King George as "the greatest incendiary
in North America". Warren by his nature, was
not a radical, and it was only after years of failure
in attempting closer ties between Great Britain and
the colonies that he began his work to build a separate
famous visitors included Paul Revere, who had been
a close friend of Warren's and stated often that the
Tavern was one of his favorite watering places. Additionally,
the first King Solomon's Lodge of Masons met here
for twenty years. At which Grand Master Revere headed
after the Revolutionary War, General George Washington,
on a visit to Charlestown to see his old friend Benjamin
Frothingham, stopped here for "refreshments".
Come to the Warren Tavern and be part of the history.
We are located just steps away from the freedom trail