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Rhodes Tavern (site)

Main Street
Bridgeport, OH 43912

From Searight's The Old Pike (1894):

Moses Rhodes kept at Bridgeport, and hailed the west-bound traveler on his entrance to the borders of the State of Ohio.

From History of the Upper Ohio Valley, Vol. II, by Brant & Fuller (1896):

Perhaps no family has figured more prominently in the settlement and growth of the upper Ohio valley, than the Rhodes family. Among the most worthy and noted citizens of Bridgport, the decendants of this family take rank. In about 1800, Moses Rhodes moved from Virginia, to Canton, Ohio, now Bridgeport, with his aged father. Moses Rhodes was born near Morefield, Va., in 1784, and died in Bridgeport in 1S71. While living here he married Nancy Martin, the daughter of Col. Martin, who was one of the most prominent, as well as one of the wealthiest, men of what was then Virginia, now West Virginia. He was a public man. and was a member of the Virginia senate at the time of his death... Moses Rhodes was among the first to open a tavern in the upper Ohio valley, having established one in, what is now, Bridgeport, at a very early date. He also owned a ferry, and a boat-yard, and speculated in produce which he bought for the New Orleans market and carried down the river on a flatboat. Several times he made this, then, perilous trip, walking back the entire distance to Bridgeport, carrying his silver-money on his back in a sack. The return route lay through the territory of the Chickasaw and Chocktaw Indian nations in the states of Mississippi and Tennessee, The sturdy pioneer on two different occasions sailed from New Orleans to New York, returning on foot to Bridgeport. Later, he erected the Rhodes block, and two warehouses in that town, and for years conducted a large grain and produce business, also running a lumber yard at the same time. In 1852 he retired from active business with an ample fortune, owning considerable real estate in Bridgeport and vicinity, and there-after lived a quiet and retired life until his death.

From Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, A. T. McKelvey, ed. (1903):

The first of these taverns after entering Belmont County was conducted by Moses Rhodes of Bridgeport.

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