The Hidden Log Tavern in Hockessin

Real Estate Agent with Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate Delaware RS-0010115

According to the Hockessin (Delaware) Historical Society,  if you’d passed a certain plain, stuccoed house Tweed complexin Hockessin in the 1990s, you probably wouldn’t have noticed it, I certainly never did. And I certainly didn't suspect that it contained a 1790s log tavern. But in the years around 1800, Tweed’s Tavern was an important layover stop for carters and others traveling between the Delaware River and the grain farms and gristmills farther inland. (photo-Tweeds on right, museum on left)

In 2000, assessment work ahead of road construction uncovered Tweed’s Tavern, hidden within a house that had been modified regularly in the two hundred years after the tavern was built. The Hockessin Historical Society stepped in to help preserve the structure. It moved the log tavern to a nearby site, and archaeologists studied the original location to collect more information about early residents and lodgers.

Today, Tweed’s Tavern sits prominently atopTweed repairs a new hill southeast of Hockessin and is currently undergoing repairs to the log exterior. The Historical Society constructed a new museum building nearby which (after COVID closure) will again display collections related to Hockessin’s history, especially its role in the Underground Railroad and the importance of nearby locomotive railroads. (photo: current repairs and scaffolding)

The Historical Society works to promote local preservation and historical causes as well as interpret the restored interior of the tavern. The log tavern that became a house has come full circle, and visitors can imagine themselves arriving in Hockessin in 1800 and, at the end of a long day of travel, happily settling down for dinner and conversation at Tweed’s Tavern.



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Comments (3)

Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI
HomeSmart Real Estate - Scottsdale, AZ
Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell

Looks like Daniel Boone or Abe Lincoln might step out at any time. Nice! Jeff 😎

Oct 18, 2021 10:32 PM
Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA

Great--coonskin or stovepipe hats!

Oct 23, 2021 09:05 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

That's a really special building, Carolyn.  I'm glad work is being done to preserve it.

Oct 19, 2021 01:47 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Carolyn, on having this blog FEATURED in the PHOTOS group!

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Oct 19, 2021 01:54 AM
Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA

Thanks Myrl!!

Oct 23, 2021 09:06 AM