Store and Post Office
Travelers gathered in the taverns and inns to discuss recent news and ongoing issues, and of course to eat and drink. Wine, hard cider, beer and whiskey flowed freely, while outbursts of violence were rarely seen. In the time heavy drinking habits were justified by fear of polluted water supplies and belief in alcohol’s medicinal properties.
Ham and mutton were the favored meats. Bread, cheese and vegetables were readily available – but tomatoes were considered poisonous! Food contained no chemical preservatives, so perishable foods were salted, pickled, or soaked in liquor to prevent spoilage.