Taverns were meeting places for the men of the village. They would discuss local politics, as well as find out about news from afar through travelers and the newspaper. The tavern was often filled with conversation and sometimes, heated arguments.
Politicians in a Country Bar, 1844, James Goodwyn Clooney, oil on canvas, H: 17 1/4 x W: 21 1/8 in. Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, New York, Gift of Stephen C. Clark, N0407.1955. Photograph by Richard Walker.