The tavern was often a stop on a stage coach route. It allowed the driver and the passengers to stop for a rest, a meal, or a drink. Travelers could also pay for a room and stay the night. During the mid-nineteenth century, people used many forms of transportation to travel including trains, steamboats, packet boats, various wheeled vehicles, and walking on foot.
Stagecoach, 1870-1880, Abbot Downing and Company, wood, metal, leather, H: 99 x W: 74 x D: 167 in. The Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown, New York, Gift of George Duffy, F0535.1953.