Friends Saving Pittsburgh’s Old Stone Tavern

1017 Event Hall Presentation

Monday, April 22 2024 at 6 p.m.

Please join us for a presentation of the 1017 Event Hall! The purpose of our presentation is to ask for community support for
a Special Exception at the Zoning Board of Adjustment for the conversion of the old warehouse formerly owned by Harris
Masonry into a rental event space for meetings, weddings and other social occasions. The Porter Family has volunteered to
meet with the community to outline their plans

HOST: Crafton Heights/Westwood/Ridgemont Community and Councilwoman Theresa Kail Smith
WHERE: Crafton Heights First United Presbyterian Church Conference Room
WHEN: Monday April 22, 2024 6PM
CONTACT: For more information: Robert Porter (541) 761-7061 or
WEBSITE: Background can be found here:

Tavern Ledger

From 1793 to 1797, in a script fine and feathery, an Old Stone Tavern innkeeper recorded the names and accounts of his pioneer patrons. He wrote down, still using English pounds and shillings, what his customers ate, what they drank and what they bought, from beef and bacon, cloth and clothing, to hay and oats for their horses.

As the earliest written record of the tavern, the ledger serves of a who’s who of early Western Pennsylvania patriots. In fact, some 109 American Revolutionary soldiers downed a pint or two at this favorite watering hole.

The Tavern, believed to have come alive in 1782, still stands at the corner of Greentree Rd and Woodville Ave in Pittsburgh’s West End, and our Carnegie Library is in possession this Tavern ledger, recently lovingly restored, which also spans a critical time in the Whiskey Rebellion over federal taxation. Members feel that finding this ledger is like finding the Rosetta Stone of Pittsburgh history.

Today, the Pittsburgh Historical designation and private owners, the Porters, are working towards restoration.

The Pittsburgh Old Stone Tavern Friends Trust having helped bring the new owners together with the Tavern and its property, aim to help in any way possible to provide for its long-term preservation, and educate the public about its significance in United States history.

Revitilization Case For Support - PDF
Ideas about possible Tavern futures

Bringing the Tavern alive again will be a long road with the Porters, measured in years, but so folks might have a glimmer of some of the things that might happen the Friends Saving Pittsburgh’s Old Stone Tavern presented a case for revitalization of the Tavern and surrounding properties in a 50 page book we’ve published, which you are invited to review to spark you interest!

In pursuit of our mission we meet monthly to follow any leads uncovered, and our president Norene Beatty gives frequent talks to groups educate about the Tavern, and especially the Whiskey Revolution. Please enjoy the information on our website, and contact us if you would like to know more about the Tavern, or have ideas about investors.

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