Our History

Dating back to 1740, this stone building, formerly called the "Sign of the Spread Eagle", was a "Stage Tavern". It was one of the better inns along the 62 miles of turnpike stretching from Philadelphia to Lancaster, and catered to the more prosperous class of travelers, providing him with accommodations suited to his means. Fine liquors and fine foods were served in generous portions to satisfy the hearty appetites generated by a long day in a rocking, jolting stagecoach.

Almost a century later, in 1841, the Tavern would become the residence of Reverend Edward V. Buchanan and his wife Eliza Foster Buchanan, while the Reverend established and served as pastor of All Saints Episcopal Church in Paradise. Eliza, his wife, was the sister of Stephen Foster, whose immortal songs will always be a part of America. Foster not only penned some of his music here, but sent many of his manuscripts to his sister, a talented musician in her own right, for her approval. Here, on the banks of the Pequea, Eliza and Stephen played many of the 200 songs written by Stephen, which include: "My Olde Kentucky Home", "Way Down Upon The Swanee River" and "Oh, Susanna".

In 1854, shortly before Edward and Eliza moved to a new pastorate, the building was purchased by Edward's Brother, James Buchanan, the Fifteenth President of the United States.

Through the generations, The Revere Tavern has preserved a tradition of quality in abundance. We sincerely hope today's guests find dining in the romantic glow of history a delightful contrast to the ordinary.