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Topic: =?WINDOWS-1252?Q?Vansweringen=92s_Council_Chamber?= (35 lines)
1) From: John Blumel
On another list I subscribe to, the subject of coffee and the role of  =
the Dutch in spreading it around the world has been a recent topic of  =
discussion. One interesting item that came up is:
    Vansweringen’s Council Chamber – the partially reconstructed
    remains of an opulent lodging house, it served as a meeting
    place for the Governor and his appointed Council.  Dutch
    immigrant and entrepreneur Garrett Vansweringen also operated
    a brewery, bakery, and the first coffee house in English
    America.  This site is being developed and reinterpreted
    through a current NEH grant.
(from:http://www.smcm.edu/democracy/offerings/landmarksschedule.htm)
This is located in St. Mary's City, MD and I was wondering if anyone  
had visited this site or knew more about it. I also noticed that it  
is said to be, "... the first coffee house in English America.",  
which leads one to believe that there may perhaps have been earlier  
coffee houses in "Dutch America". Does anyone know whether any of  
these possibly earlier coffee house sites are identified and or still  =
exist? (It's difficult to imagine that any coffee houses in New  
Amsterdam would have survived, but at least their locations might be  
known.)
John Blumel


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