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Timeline

Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1710/00/00 Oyster House is built prior to 1714, possibly as early as 1704. No municipal records document the Oyster House's date of construction.
1742/00/00 Hopestill Capen operates a fancy dress goods business, Also known as "At the Sign of the Cornfields", Capen can receive imports from Europe directly as the Boston waterfront extends to the back door of his dry goods establishment.
1771/00/00 Isaiah Thomas (publisher) Publisher Isaiah Thomas begins publishing the "The Massachusetts Spy" from the upper floor of the Capen's Dry Goods Store. The Spy tabloid sized newspaper is designed to appeal to "mechanics and other classes of people who had not much time to spare from business."
1775/03/09 Isaiah Thomas (publisher) Publisher Col Nesbit leads British Regulars parading Thomas Ditson, tarred and feathered, through the streets as they play the Rogue's March. Halting in front of the Spy office, the soldiers threaten Isaiah Thomas he will be next.
1775/04/06 Isaiah Thomas (publisher) Publisher Isaiah Thomas publishes the "Spy" from Hopestill Capen's building. Popular along the eastern seaboard, the Spy has the largest circulation of all of Boston's patriot newspapers.
1775/04/16 Dr Joseph Warren Patriot With the help of Dr Joseph Warren and Timothy Bigelow, Isaiah Thomas abandons his "sedition foundry". The press is ferried across the river to Charlestown and then carried by wagon to Worcester.
1777/00/00 Ebenezer Hancock Work Continental Army soldiers pickup their pay from Ebenezer Hancock at Capen's silk and dry goods store.
1796/00/00 Louis Philippe I Home Exiled from France, Louis Phillippe I earns his living by teaching French to many of Boston's fashionable young ladies from his lodgings.
1826/00/00 Hawes Atwood opens "Atwood and Bacon's Oyster House". The new owners installed the current semi-circular the soapstone oyster bar. The bar and stall-type booths are the only known survivors in the United States. Much of the interior dates from this time. Oyster
1830/00/00 Atwood and Bacon's Oyster House menu includes a variety of oyster, scallop and clam dishes. Littleneck Clam
1836/05/00 Boston's Union Oyster House begins serving Clam Chowder. New England Clam Chowder
1840/00/00 Daniel Webster Life Daniel Webster enjoys lunch in Atwood and Bacon: a tall tumbler of brandy and water with each half-dozen oysters, rarely having less than six plates. Oyster
1950/00/00 John F Kennedy Guest On his weekly return to Boston, JFK is a Sunday afternoon regular at the Union Oyster House. At Booth 18 on the 2nd floor, he sits alone and orders the usual: Lobster stew - a simple dish of milk, butter and lobster. American lobster

Eat and Drink »

FoodTypeDescription
FoodTypeDescription
New England Clam Chowder Soup
Oyster Mollusca

Eatery Category Casual Sit Down Restaurant



Data »

Particulars for Union Oyster House:
Area of Significance Architecture
Criteria Architecture-Engineering
Sight Category Building
Area of Significance Commerce
Architectural Style Georgian Architecture
Criteria Historic Event
Area of Significance Maritime
Level of Significance National
Owner Private
Historic Use Restaurant
Historic Use Single dwelling
Historic Use Specialty Store



US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration: 27th May 2003

PLACE DETAILS
Registry Name: Union Oyster House
Registry Address: 41-43 Union Street
Registry Number: 03000645
Resource Type: Building
Owner: Private
Architectural Style: Other, Georgian
Attribute: colonial Georgian
Contributing Buildings: 1
Other Certification: Designated National Landmark
Certification: Listed in the National Register
Nominator Name: National Historic Landmark
CULTURAL DETAILS
Level of Significance: National
Area of Significance: Architecture, Commerce, Maritime history
Applicable Criteria: Event, Architecture-Engineering
Significant Year: 1826
Historic Function: Domestic, Commerce, Trade
Historic Sub-Function: Single dwelling, Restaurant, Specialty store
Current Function: Commerce, Trade
Current Sub-Function: Restaurant

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