Taverns are well known for playing a critical role in the American Revolution. As meeting places for discussion, debate and planning, they helped unite the Patriot cause and here in NY, we have many surviving colonial taverns to remind us of this heritage. Some are safely preserved and protected while others are in imminent danger of being lost to development like this one pictured above. Griffin’s Tavern is a site that was frequented by some of the most high ranking officers in the Continental Army. George Washington, the Marquis de Lafayette, Baron von Steuben, and other major figures of the American Revolution spent time here. At this tavern, a Committee of Independence was formed following the Battles of Lexington and Concord, who collectively worked to rally local Patriot support. For centuries, it survived as a reminder of the area’s Revolutionary history, but in 1995 an electrical fire destroyed the building, leaving it in ruins that have continued to collapse and deteriorate. Today, the property is owned by Royal Carting, a garbage pick-up company. The tavern can be a preserved ruin with public access. Friends of Griffin’s Tavern have a concept plan, but still need the owners Royal Carting and Watch Hill Holding Corp. to accept their plan.