Historic Square House Inn & Tavern Guided Tour | Maurice D. Hinchey Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area


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Historic Square House Inn & Tavern Guided Tour


1 Purchase Street Rye NY
1 Purchase Street
Rye, NY 10580

40.981894 -73.684316

County: Westchester
Region: Lower Hudson


  • August 31, 2024, 1:00PM, Museum is open 10 am - 4 pm for self-guided tours on the date as well.
    • Rain Date: September 7, 2024, 1:00PM, Museum is open 10 am - 4 pm on the date for self-guided tours as well.
Detailed Times/Hours Museum is open 10 am - 4 pm Tuesdays -Saturdays year round for self-guided and audio tours.


Event Type Historic Site Tour/History Description Explore the Square House Inn and Tavern Museum, a historic landmark steeped in stories from America’s past. Originally built in 1730 as a residence, it later became an inn and tavern hosting notable figures of the Revolutionary era. John and Sam Adams stopped here on their way to the 1st Continental Congress, and George Washington stayed twice during his presidency. In 1824, Marquis de Lafayette dined at the inn during his return to America. Guided tours of the Square House offer a glimpse into its rich history: • Step into the colonial Entry Hall, where visitors historically arrived. • Experience the Tavern Room, once exclusive to men. • Visit the Warming Kitchen, where daily life tasks such as washing, candle making, and food preparation unfolded. • Discover the Council Room, added in the 1780s, which served as the municipal hall from 1904 to 1964. • See a colonial bedroom, showcasing a stark contrast to modern accommodations. The Square House, located at 1 Purchase St., is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. For more information, visit ryehistory.org or call 914-967-7588. Organization Hosting the Event Rye Historical Society Phone Number 9149603088


Advance registration required.
Please register 24 hours before the event on 8/30 or rain date 9/06

Additional Information

Additional Equipment Required: no

Event Duration (hours): 1
This event is NOT Suitable for children under: 5

Family Friendly: Yes
Walking Distance to Amtrak or Metro North Station: Yes
Barrier Free or Wheelchar accessible? Portion
Additional Wheelchair Info: the first floor including the Tavern, and Warming Kitchen are wheelchair accessible.
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