2. Boone Tavern

David & Karen Bennett
April 2016

We moved on up the road from Renfro Valley, about ten to fifteen minutes away, to Berea where we checked into the historic Boone Tavern for two nights. Construction of Boone Tavern began in 1907 and was completed in 1909. The building was made of bricks manufactured by students in the College’s brickyard and was constructed by the College’s Woodwork Department. The “Tavern” portion of the name is derived from the historic definition that refers to a public inn for travelers rather than the modern definition related to the sale of alcohol.

Outside one of the dining rooms is a display case and among other items is a mountain dulcimer Warren May made for the Boone Tavern from some flooring from the tavern.

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