George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 3 June 1773]

3. Rid to the Meadows along the River before breakfast. Abt. 11 Oclock left Phila. Dind at the Sorrel Horse 13 Miles from it & lodgd at the Ship Tavern 34 [miles] off.

GW probably rode along the Schuylkill River. This area was popular for drives and outings because of the scenic meadows and large estates on both sides of the river. The Sorrel Horse Tavern was just east of Radnor Meeting House in Radnor Township. Michael Stadleman, whose family kept several taverns in the area, bought the building about 1765 and called it the Horse and Groom. The name was shortly afterwards changed to the Sorrel Horse (BARKER [2] description begins Charles R. Barker. “Colonial Taverns of Lower Merion.” Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography 52 (1928): 205–28. description ends , 218).

The Ship Tavern was built by an Irishman, Thomas Parke (c.1704–1758), and seems to have been run after his death by his wife, Jane Edge Parke. It was one mile west of Downingtown on the Lancaster Road. Later, the sign was moved to a building in West Whiteland Township, east of Downingtown (LANDIS description begins Charles I. Landis. “The History of the Philadelphia and Lancaster Turnpike.” Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography 42 (1918): 1–28, 127–40; 43 (1919): 84–90. description ends , 42 [1918], 24–25).

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