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Wyman Tavern Museum
The Wyman Tavern is one of Keene's most historic houses and has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Built more than two centuries ago, the Historical Society currently maintains the Tavern as a period house museum representing the periods from 1760 to 1820.
The Tavern was built by Captain Isaac Wyman in 1762 and operated as a tavern by the Wyman family for 40 years. The first meeting of the trustees of Dartmouth College under President Eleazar Wheelock was held here on October 22, 1770. It was also from this tavern that 29 minutemen started their march to Lexington and Concord in April of 1775 under the command of Captain Wyman, a veteran of the French and Indian Wars.
Guided tours of the Wyman Tavern Museum are conducted from May to mid November. In addition to tours, the HSCC also sponsors a summer exhibit, the Wyman Tavern Lecture Series on Early American Life in Cheshire County, summer camps, family programs, a summer festival, and living history events. There is a $3.00 admission fee per person to visit the tavern, with Historical Society of Cheshire County members admitted free.
The Wyman Tavern is open for its summer season.
The Tavern's summer hours are Thursday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. and by appointment. For further information on any of the many events at the Tavern during the summer, or to schedule a tour, please contact HSCC at 603 352-1895 or by email.
The Wyman Tavern Museum is located at 339 Main Street in downtown Keene, New Hampshire.
Summer Camps and Family Programs at the Tavern
During July and August, HSCC offers two week-long Revolutionary War Kids Camps and Friday Afternoon at the Tavern, which is a series of summer programs for children and families to participate in an activity, game, or craft that was part of life when the Wyman Family operated a Tavern in Keene.Please click on Revolutionary War Kids Camps to learn more. Camps in 2013 will be held on July 15-19 and July 29-August 2.
Please click on Friday Afternoon at the Tavern for a complete 2013 summer schedule. Friday Afternoon at the Tavern is from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. during July and August, with no reservations required.
Archaeology Field School
HSCC will offer a two-week archaeology field school to be conducted at our Wyman Tavern Museum. This long-term archaeological project will be led by professional archaeologist Martha Pinello, with the field school designed for anyone interested in hands-on archaeology, material culture, and local history. The 2013 field school will be held on Monday through Friday, August 5 - August 16.
Please click on Field School to learn more about this exciting opportunity.
Guided school group tours of the Wyman Tavern Museum are scheduled during the months of May, June, September, and October. Group leaders may also wish to consider combining their Wyman Tavern tour with a visit to the Historical Society and the Horatio Colony House Museum. HSCC offers several interactive activities for students along with our permanent and feature exhibits. The Horatio Colony House Museum also offers guided tours and student oriented activities. All three facilities are located on Main Street and within a short walking distance from each other. If you need transportation help to visit our museums, HSCC and the Horatio Colony House Museum have a Transportation Fund that covers the cost of a school bus for a day long experience at our three museums.