Keeler Tavern (Ridgefield, Connecticut) , Daybook, 1807-1808.
The Keeler Tavern was built as a residence by Benjamin Hoyt in 1713, and was converted into an inn and tavern by Hoyt’s grandson, Timothy Keeler, in 1772. The Tavern itself has a very interesting history, having been fired upon by the British during the Revolution when they learned musket balls were being made in the basement. A cannonball is still lodged into a corner post of the building, which now stands as the Keeler Tavern Museum. This daybook, reflecting one year of business at the tavern, is arranged chronologically, and includes each customer’s name, their purchases, and the price. Each customer has a corresponding number, so these entries were likely entered into a ledger for the business. Entries include not only items sold at the Tavern, but also services exchanged, and Keeler’s purchases for the Tavern. A wide variety of items are shown being sold at the Tavern, including butter, cheese, oats, sugar, tea, coffee, buttons, yards of muslin, ribbon and silk, bushels of corn, tobacco, and of course, alcohol.
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Dear Tracy Kry
We are very interested in the Timothy Keeler Daybook. I am a Curator in Archives at the Keeler Tavern Museum in Ridgefield, CT. Do you have a digitized copy of the Daybook?
Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing from you.
Curator Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center
March 29, 2022
Thanks for your interest in the Timothy Keeler Daybook: https://bit.ly/3LhfPhk. This is open for research use, but, unfortunately, the book has not been digitized. I’d be happy to field specific questions or send them on to one of our curators if you’d like to learn more. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.