Middleton Tavern can be found in
the historic down town section of Annapolis, located on the corner of Dock Street
and Market Space, just before Dock Street turns into Pinkney. That's right, many
streets in this area turn into something else, meaning that you need a detailed
map of down town to find this Tavern. Tom and I found it by dumb luck. It has
a huge sign across the whole side of the building which faces Market Space, which
2 Market Space, Annapolis, Maryland.
* Web-site: http://www.middletontavern.com
Tavern is in a 1740 Georgian building which originally was a private residence.
The Georgian style of architecture was named in honor of the "four British
kings named George, who reigned from 1714 to 1830." It is a 3 story, solidly
built brick structure which has a "simple, balanced appearance," giving
an impression of "order and stability," being true to the Georgian style
building. It operates as a restaurant and bar on the first floor and has an awning-covered
outside eating area, with tables which face the sidewalk, great for people watching!
Going through the thick wooden doors, one finds the four dining rooms and
interesting items from its very long history on the wall. The piano bar is in
the back of the restaurant, with a side entrance. This highly rated restaurant
specializes in great sea food as it is in a sea port town.
is also offered in the Piano Bar, and special meals are offered on holidays like
thanksgiving, if you make reservations before hand.
the owner of this 1740 private residence, Elizabeth Bennett, sold her home to
Horatio Middleton, a ferry operator who by law needed to have lodging for his
customers. His ferry ran round trip from Annapolis to Rock Hall, which cut the
travel time from Philadelphia to Virginia immensely. Horatio then turned this
residence into the Middleton Tavern, which also became a very popular place for
the townspeople to congregate and socialize as well. Lovely gardens stretched
from the edge of the water to Prince George Street. Yes indeed, Middleton Tavern
was a classy place, where not only the Maryland Jockey Club and Free Masons held
their meetings, but the Tuesday Club, made up of "enlightened, well-educated
gentlemen" also met there for years.
After Horatio died, his wife and
then his son, Samuel continued to run both the ferry business and the tavern as
During the Revolutionary War era, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson
and Benjamin Franklin stayed here during their travels. Other members of the Continental
Congress also stayed in this tavern on various occasions when they met in the
Maryland state house.
Throughout the years, this solid building held a
lot of businesses. During the late 1800s it was home to a general store and meat
market. In the early 1900s, it became Tydings' Bar. The Mandris Family bought
the building and set up a restaurant /soda counter and a souvenir shop. In 1968,
Jerry Hardesy bought the building and gave the establishment it's original name,
the Middleton Tavern.
HISTORY OF MANIFESTATIONS:
is hard to say exactly who is still hanging around this building, as so many people
have been connected to this place through its 266 years of existence. There are
clues to the period from which one entity comes from, though for other entities
it is still a mystery from what era they came from.
unknown entity who haunts the first floor dining rooms, is called Roland by the
This entity has appeared,
dressed in revolutionary era clothing, looking intently out one of the dining
rooms' window which has a view of the water, where the ferries used to dock, as
if he is waiting for the ferry to come in.
entity is the active spirit who announces his presence by the aroma of cigar smoke,
though no smoking is allowed for the living; apparently just for entities who
aren't politically correct!
This entity tosses plates and glasses one at a time off shelves, and
also gets chuckles by knocking over tables full of dirty plates.
unknown entities may also be residing in this tavern.
shadowy figures have been seen moving across the dining rooms.
their chuckles by turning the lanterns mounted on the walls throughout the restaurant
upside down, to get a little attention from the living.
Tables and chairs
are often moved around without any help from the living.
Yes indeed! While no one knows for
sure who is haunting the tavern, Ronald could be a past owner of this building,
who has issues with dirty dishes sitting around (Bullock
Hotel) or perhaps doesn't approve of the type of plates &
glasses used, or resents the living using his building as a restaurant (Catfish
Possible identity of other shadows
- Turning the lamps upside down and moving tables and chairs sounds like the jokesters
could be past members of the Tuesday Club, perhaps still enjoying their memories
of the many meetings they had in this building. The Tuesday Club was made up of
"young enlightened and well educated gentlemen" who were a spirited
lot, known to "entertain themselves with song, dance, frequent toasts and
copious amounts of good cheer."
SOURCES INCLUDE: "Middleton Tavern
Through the Years"
Brochure - "The HiThe story of Middleton Tavern"
hauntedtravels.com * middletontavern.com
bbs.keyhole.com * almanack.prwp.com * hauntedtravels.com