Reporting Cherri Gregg
By Cherri Gregg
HADDONFIELD, NJ (CBS) – Folks who visit the historic Indian King Tavern in Haddonfield, New Jersey on Saturday will get something that hasn’t been served there for more than 139 years.
At more than 250 years old, the Indian King Tavern is the location of the 1777 meeting of the New Jersey General Assembly and the place where the Declaration of Independence was first read in New Jersey.
“Back in colonial days, the taverns were really the focal point of the town activity,” Joseph Murphy, the president of the Friends of King Tavern, explains.
He also says the historic site stopped serving alcohol when Haddonfield went dry in 1873. Now, with special permission, beer will be served at the tavern for the first time in 139 years. But it’s for a good cause.
“We want to do some restoration in the building. And restore an important part of the building that was lost some years ago, a part called the arc,” Murphy says.
For more info on the fundraiser, go to www.indiankingfriends.org.