The Terrill Tavern Museum Gift Shop
The Terrill Tavern was built around 1735 and originally stood a short distance south of the Merchants and Drovers Tavern Museum. The museum association acquired the historic home in 1976 when it was due to be demolished.
The home was build by the Terrill family- one of the first European families to settle the Rahway area. The Terrill Tavern is a remarkable example of Colonial architecture found in homes throughout this time period in New Jersey history.
According to local legend, General George Washington, on his way to Princeton, stopped by the Terrill Tavern one morning. He found Mrs. Terrill outside the home doing chores. When she realized who was standing before her she apologized for her appearance and offered to prepare breakfast for General Washington and his officers. He accepted her invitation and was served ham and eggs.
Today, the Terrill Tavern has been restored to its mid-eighteenth century appearance and is used as our Gift Shop. The Terrill Tavern is a unique shopping experience that offers books, historical housewares, jewelry, period reproductions, and locally made artesian items. The Terrill Tavern is open during museum events. We will happily open the gift shop during the week upon request. During the holidays we will be open on weekends. Check back soon for our schedule.