In collaboration with Milestone Heritage Consulting, a cultural resource and public history consultant, the Tavern Trail has been crafted to provide quality entertainment contextualized for each location. Invited speakers will give an overview of related history, restaurant owners will greet and mingle with guests, and members of the historical community will toast with the Tavern Trail cocktail of choice: the "Apple Jack Downing," named after noted pomologist A.J. Downing.
Having founded the program five years ago, I have appreciated seeing it grow from an informal happy hour amongst local museum professionals to this multi-faceted event series. Utilizing our historic venues to promote transportation and agricultural history, as well as tell the tales of great leaders who have traversed our County, proves just how successful a collaboration between historians and the tourism industry can be. Walking into a historic tavern transports visitors to a time when these locations served as the gateway to our communities, and in the process, it also enhances the region's economic development.