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Oldtime fun, food all part of Farm Museum's Tavern Day

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The tavern sign was a welcoming sight for weary travelers. (Courtesy/NH Farm Museum)

MILTON - New Hampshire's Farm Museum will be transformed to an old-time tavern for Olde Time Tavern Day this Saturday.

The festivities run from 10 a.m. to 3p.m. with tours of the historic Jones Farm led by costumed guides.

Among those bringing the past to life will be a guide playing the role of tavern keeper Levi Jones, who will discuss life in New Hampshre some 200 years ago.

Visitors will also have a chance to sample tavern fare that was served to travelers visiting public houses. Tavern games and other activities will round out the fun.

Taverns were an important part of the state's transportation network two centuries ago, when the principal means of long-distance travel was via stagecoach. Coachmen needed to rest their horses regularly, and establishments like the Jones tavern provided horse stables for the equines and food and lodging for passengers.

Before the railroad came through Milton in the mid-1800s, the White Mountain Highway was the main north-south route between Boston, the Seacoast, and the White Mountains.

The N.H. Farm Museum is located just off exit 18 of the Spaulding. Admission is $7 for adults and $4 for children four and up. Visit www.farmmuseum.org for more information.

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