Reading Antiquarian Society

The town sold the Tavern to the Reading Antiquarian Society for a nominal sum.

Since 1923, the Society has maintained the Tavern for the benefit of all the townspeople, without any appropriation from the town’s budget.

Historic Timeline

1724

1724

Abraham Bryant 3rd sold the house to his brother-in-law Nathaniel Stow, who was also a blacksmith.

1806

1806

The Sweetser Family owned and operated the property as a farm for most of the the 19th century.

1639

Lynn Village

Formation of the plantation called Lynn Village.

Historic Timeline

1724

1724

Abraham Bryant 3rd sold the house to his brother-in-law Nathaniel Stow, who was also a blacksmith.

1806

1806

The Sweetser Family owned and operated the property as a farm for most of the the 19th century.

1644

Town of Reading is incorporated.

Historic Timeline

2021
1724

1724

Abraham Bryant 3rd sold the house to his brother-in-law Nathaniel Stow, who was also a blacksmith.

2021
1806

1806

The Sweetser Family owned and operated the property as a farm for most of the the 19th century.

1694

Parker Tavern

2021

1724

1724

Abraham Bryant 3rd sold the house to his brother-in-law Nathaniel Stow, who was also a blacksmith.

1806

1806

The Sweetser Family owned and operated the property as a farm for most of the the 19th century.

This house, the oldest documented one still standing in Reading, was built by Abraham Bryant, a farmer and blacksmith. It is a style called “saltbox”, typical of seventeenth century houses, with a massive central chimney.

1760

Ephraim Parker, from whom the house takes its name, operated a licensed inn during the Revolutionary War period. Some of the prisoners of war from the 71st Scottish Regiment, including their commander Colonel Archibald Campbell and his officers, were quartered here.

Parker Tavern

2021

1724

1724

Abraham Bryant 3rd sold the house to his brother-in-law Nathaniel Stow, who was also a blacksmith.

1806

1806

The Sweetser Family owned and operated the property as a farm for most of the the 19th century.

1724

Historic Timeline

2021
1724

1724

Abraham Bryant 3rd sold the house to his brother-in-law Nathaniel Stow, who was also a blacksmith.

2021
1806

1806

The Sweetser Family owned and operated the property as a farm for most of the the 19th century.

Abraham Bryant 3rd sold the house to his brother-in-law Nathaniel Stow, who was also a blacksmith.

Parker Tavern

February 1
1724

1724

Abraham Bryant 3rd sold the house to his brother-in-law Nathaniel Stow, who was also a blacksmith.

January 31
1806

1806

The Sweetser Family owned and operated the property as a farm for most of the the 19th century.

1806

The Sweetser Family owned and operated the property as a farm for most of the the 19th century.

Historic Timeline

Feb 01
1724

1724

Abraham Bryant 3rd sold the house to his brother-in-law Nathaniel Stow, who was also a blacksmith.

Jan 31
1806

1806

The Sweetser Family owned and operated the property as a farm for most of the the 19th century.