Well-Behaved Taverns Seldom Make History

Well-Behaved Taverns Seldom Make History
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Pennsylvania Pubs Where Rabble-Rousers and Rum Runners Stirred Up Revolutions

Take a pub crawl through 12 Pennsylvania taverns with rebellious pasts, where the stakes were high and the rum was flowing. Meet the scalawags and insurrectionists of the American Revolution, Whiskey Rebellion, the boozy Fries Rebellion, the tumultuous Canal Era, the Underground Railroad, the Battle of Gettysburg (and the making of the movie!), the Molly Maguires, and Prohibition.

Savor the food and drink at these still-standing inns:

  • City Tavern, Philadelphia: Epicenter of revolt.

  • General Warren Historic Hospitality, Malvern: Espionage afoot.

  • Blue Bell Inn, Blue Bell: George Washington finds sanctuary.

  • McCoole’s at the Historic Red Lion Inn, Quakertown: Rumbling for tax relief.

  • Tavern at the Sun Inn, Bethlehem: Crossroads of the Revolution.

  • Jean Bonnet Tavern, Bedford: Hotbed of the Whiskey Rebellion.

  • Black Bass Hotel, Lumberville: Life and much death on the canal.

  • Dobbin House Inn, Gettysburg: Underground Railroad safe harbor.

  • Farnsworth House Inn and Sweney’s Tavern, Gettysburg: Bullets and bravado.

  • Wooden Keg Tavern, St. Clair: The fighting Molly Maguires.

  • Two Rivers Brewing Company, Easton: Speakeasy on the Delaware.

  • Horse Inn, Lancaster: Knock three times and whisper low.

Explore every nook, cranny, fireside, hiding place, secret door, and gallows. With her inquisitive nature and cheeky humor, author M. Diane McCormick uncovers the quirks and historical marvels that you won’t find on the back of the menu.  


M. Diane McCormick found her love of history in her parents’ stories of Pennsylvania’s anthracite region. Her mother’s antique shop at a York County, Pennsylvania, crossroads stocked weird and wonderful things that felt like keys to other eras. She and her husband, Marc Farrell, spend their time prowling pubs and restoring their circa-1910 Harrisburg home, where they sit on the front porch during rainstorms and enjoy their green backyard sanctuary on summer evenings.

Diane walked off the day-job cliff and into freelance writing on Jan. 2, 2005. For TheBurg newspaper in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, she explores city life and issues, winning a 2017 first-place Keystone Press Award. As Harrisburg magazine’s “Adventure Chick,” she handled a python and drove a Ferrari, among other wild and crazy doings. She is a regular contributor to Susquehanna Style and varied industry magazines.

Diane has been a journalist for the Harrisburg Patriot-News/Pennlive.com, where she had a regular column, and the Hanover, Pennsylvania, Evening Sun. She served 10 years as a press secretary in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and is former communications director for the policy advocacy organization Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and master’s degrees from Penn State University in American studies, and from Goucher College in creative nonfiction.

“Nobody lived in the past,” says David McCullough. “They lived in the present. It is their present, not our present, and they don’t know how it’s going to come out.” Diane agrees but couldn’t resist crisscrossing past and present as she wrote Well-Behaved Taverns Seldom Make History. Someday, she will write a history keeping her characters within their realms of understanding, but for now, another McCullough quote explains her approach to her first book: “No harm’s done to history by making it something someone would want to read.”

by M. Diane McCormick
Trade Paperback - 6 x 9 x .7
312 Pages
TRAVEL / Special Interest / Haunted & Unexplained
HISTORY / United States / State & Local / Middle Atlantic (DC, DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA)
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