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May Pole Tavern (site)

Formerly/Also Known As Maypole Tavern

SW Corner of Paca and Redwood Streets
Baltimore, MD 21201

Perhaps the most famous of Baltimore's 19th century taverns.

In Robert Bruce's The National Road (1916), he say the tavern was no longer in existence and that only traces remained. This location is now part of the University of Maryland campus.

From Searight's The Old Pike (1894):

The May Pole tavern in Baltimore was a favorite stopping place for old wagoners. It is located on the southwest corner of Paca and German streets, and still standing, an object of much interest to the old people of the road. In front of it stands a tall, slim, granite column, representative of a pole, and preservative of the ancient name. The May Pole was kept in 1833 by Henry Clark, and in 1836 by James Adams, who remained in charge until his death. His successor was Isaac Willison, a Virginian, and before assuming control of the May Pole, an agent of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad company, at Frederic City. George Elliott, subsequently manager for Mrs. Adams, at the Mountain City house in Cumberland, was at one time a clerk in the May Pole tavern.

The May Pole, however, was the favorite tavern of the old wagoners of the National Road.

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