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Knapp Tavern daybook, 1818-1849
Knapp, Cyrus, 1769-1852.
Library Call Number Copy Material Location
Vermont Historical Society Library  XMSC 28:19  Manuscript  Vault-Manuscript 

Personal Author : Knapp, Cyrus, 1769-1852.
Title : Knapp Tavern daybook, 1818-1849
Physical Description : 1 volume.
Summary :

A daybook from Knapp Tavern covering the years 1818 to 1849. Entries vary from standard tavern/inn entries (food,drink and lodging) to entries for horse shoeing, wagon rentals, farm produce sold, cobbling, moneylending and miscellaneous hardware supplies. The entries are often written phonectically. The tavern and inn entries end in 1833, when Knapp closed his inn; but the entries for blacksmithing, a livery stable, farm equipment and produce and money lending continue through the end of the daybook in 1849.

Biographical or historical data :

Cyrus Knapp was born December 8, 1769, in Taunton, Massachusetts, the son of Job and Ruth Knapp. He married Thankful Stearns on March 14, 1792 and moved with his wife to Dover, Vermont from Douglas, Massachusetts in 1793. They established a small farm a short distance from the current Dover Common, and Cyrus became a jack-of-all-trades. Although a farmer by trade, Cyrus Knapp was also a skilled cobbler and blacksmith. Knapp also kept a livery stable and acted as a money lender as well as keeping small tavern from 1808 to 1813.

In 1813 Cyrus built a large two-story building on the high corner of Estabrook Hill, and opened a larger tavern and inn. For 30 years, Knapp Tavern served as a center for the community, providing food, drink and lodging, as well as a livery stable and blacksmithing. During the 30 years the tavern existed, Cyrus, Thankful and their thirteen children also ran a full-time farm. The Knapp Tavern was closed in 1833, but Cyrus' records continue to 1849. Cyrus Knapp died in 1852 at the age of 82.

Subject Term : Taverns Inns Vermont Dover.
Blacksmithing Vermont Dover.
Geographic Term : Dover (Vt. : Town) History Sources.
Genre/Form : Daybooks.
Account books.