History of Bristol House (a. k. a. Short Tavern)

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The Bristol House was located on lots 1 and 2, block 2, Original Town of Bristol. June 6, 1843, John Short, Sr. purchased lots one and two, block two, original Village of Bristol, from James McClellan. The lots are located on the southwest corner of Somonauk and Center Streets. John constructed his family’s home there but later was induced to convert their home into the first tavern in Bristol, which he and his wife, Mary E. (Surre) Short, operated. The tavern was the stagecoach stop and provided a place for teamsters and others to stay. The horses that pulled the stagecoaches were exchanged at Bristol. A horse barn and pasture were located directly across the street from the hotel to accommodate the stage line, its passengers and hotel guest’s needs. The Short’s daughter, Susan (Short) May, wrote an interesting account of daily life around the tavern. The tavern eventually became known as Bristol House.

May 2, 2019

Historic Hotels in Au Sable Illinois

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Milks Tavern, Wolf Tavern, and Patrick Stand When stagecoaches were running, two stage routes intersected in Seward Township, the Frink and Walker stage lines between Chicago and Ottawa and Patterson stage line between Kankakee and Ottawa. Between, November 29, 1836 and April 25, 1838 Alansing (a. k. a. Alanson) Milks and his wife Ann “Elizabeth” […]

April 30, 2019