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Washband (Washburn) Tavern

In 1714, John Twitchell constructed a modest one-story house with an attic at the present-day address of 90 Oxford Road in Oxford. The building was bought by the Washband (or Washburn) family around 1741 , who would expand the house to convert it into a tavern. In 1784, coinciding with the establishment of the Oxford Turnpike, the Washband family undertook another significant expansion, effectively adding a new house connected to the original structure. The Washband family managed the tavern for several generations, and prior to the Civil War, it became a stop on the Underground Railroad, with hidden compartments said to be located in the cellar.

This site is privately owned and not open to the public.


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