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Wed, 14 Mar 2001 11:05:36 -0800
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When you say on the north side, do you mean the north side of the Mohawk
River, or the north side of Route 5?  I believe the tavern you are
talking about is the Nellis Tavern (north side of the River, but the
south side of Route 5).  That is located on the outskirts of ST.
Johnsville, which is the village east of Little FAlls.  It is being
restored by the Palatine Settlement Society, and restoration was begun
before 1990.  Dates for the tavern are given as 1747-1897 as the Nellis
family business.  The phone # is 518-568-2952, open July & August,
Sundays 1-5 and also by appointment.  Hope this helps.

Kelly A. Yacobucci
Montgomery Co. Historian/RMO
Dept. of History & Archives
Old Courthouse, P.O. Box 1500
Fonda, NY  12068-1500
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> I am trying to recall where a particularly wonderful old tavern was located
> in the Mohawk Valley but have drawn an absolute blank.  It was in the
> beginning stages of being fixed up when I last saw it a about 1990 and I am
> wondering what ever happened to it (I also need a reference for some
> research I am doing).
> It was on the north side, along NY 5, and perhaps not as far west as Little
> Falls.  The most remarkable thing about it, besides being incredibly old,
> was that you could see the internal construction of short chunks of logs
> laid up between the widely-spaced studs or framing members and then mud
> packing to seal it all tight.  It was a big beast of a building, and
> wonderfully put together, with a wonderful seeries of changes visible in
> the material and form.
> Any one have any clues???
> I know Phil Lord has been studying the transportation routes, canals, and
> many of the old taverns, and I was also wondering if there was any good
> comprehensive modern history of the taverns and tavern keepers of the
> valley (or elsewhere in NY State for that matter)?  I have done a lot of
> work on local taverns but find primarily research on individual buildings
> rather than a study of accomodations in a particular area or larger region.
>  Taverns of Central and Western NY would be grand!
>         Dan W.
>         http://www.rootsweb.com/~nyccazen/
>         http://www.rootsweb.com/~nyccazen/Shorts/Taverns.html
>         http://www.rootsweb.com/~nyccazen/Shorts/Johnson.html
>         http://www.rootsweb.com/~nyccazen/Shorts/MadCoHotel.html