The Indian King Tavern Museum is more than a 200-year-old facility nestled on Kings Highway — the main street in historic Haddonfield, NJ. It is New Jersey’s first state-owned historic site (acquired in 1903) and it is where New Jersey completed its transition from colony to state. Here, on the second-floor meeting room, laws that revised election procedures, created township governments and set up state courts were passed. Measures imposing martial law, strengthening the militia, regulating a war economy and providing emergency support to the Continental Army were taken. All this led to the freedom and democracy we now take for granted in these United States of America.
This important facility is part of the fabric of our great nation. It also represents a simpler time when friends met over a glass of ale and piece of bread and shared stories and laughter. They also dined on fresh food and herbs from the garden amidst candlelit tables and a roaring fireplace. They paid one shilling and six pence for a room often shared by three other guests who stopped at the Tavern overnight on their way to Philadelphia or New York.
Today, The Indian King Tavern Museum offers free tours and history lessons to all who knock on its solid oak door. Student field trips are at no cost to the students nor schools and often teachers create entire lesson plans around their visits to Indian King.
Special holiday events and lectures are regularly held here including food and beer tastings to help people recreate an earlier time and appreciate how things were done in the 1700’s.
The Indian King Tavern Museum is a step back in time with a wealth of information to help us in the future.