Then there’s the Ye Olde Tavern in West Brookfield, Mass., one of the oldest operating taverns in the United States.
Dating back to 1760 and located right off the beautiful West Brookfield town common, the Ye Olde Tavern (actually called the West Brookfield House until 1906) has hosted many famous guests looking for a good dose of New England hospitality through the years including George Washington, second U.. President John Adams, Daniel Shays (the leader of Shay’s Rebellion) and Marquis de Lafayette.
It has a fine collection of 18th and 19th century homes, ranging stylistically from Federal to Queen Anne, as well as the town hall and public library.
The district was enlarged in 2006 to include a residential and industrial area south of the center, primarily along Milk, Front, and Ware Streets.
This area was developed largely after the arrival of the railroad in 1839.