This historic site in Dutchess County holds the ruins of a significant Revolutionary War tavern.
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 New York, 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. Griffin’s Tavern in Hopewell Junction, New York 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.
Sadly, in April 2020, the owners of the property, Royal Carting, were given permission by the Town of East Fishkill to bulldoze the ruins of Griffin’s Tavern. Today, all that is left is a plaque on the road to remember this historic site.
Know Before You Go..
these ruins are located on the private property of Royal Carting.