The taverns that were visited most frequently were those that were near a major intersection on land or on water. Steamboat travel up and down the rivers, including the Hudson River, was important to the waterfront businesses. Barge transportation brought many people through central New York during the mid-nineteenth century.
Western View of Poughkeepsie, New York, William Henry Bartlett, 1840, paper, H:5.5 x W:9 in. Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, New York, N0861.1963.