The Jug Tavern Walking Tours

The Jug Tavern The Jug Tavern, Ossining NY

The Jug Tavern, also known as the Davids-Garrison House, is believed to be the oldest structure in the Village’s historic Sparta neighborhood.

It was originally constructed as a tenant farmhouse on land owned Frederick Philipse, proprietor of vast Philipsburg Manor, which stretched from the Bronx to the Croton River. Several years after it was built, the farmhouse was leased by tenant farmer Peter Davids. The Jug Tavern became a landmark for tenant farmers and other travelers while making their way from the farmlands of Northern Westchester to Sparta via the Old Albany Post Road to transport their goods via ship to the markets of New York City.

For reasons unknown today, the structure was almost completely demolished and rebuilt in 1883 after spending almost all of the 19th century under the ownership of the Garrison family. The foundation and parts of the original frame are believed to survive within the Jug Tavern.

Source: Village of Ossining, New York, Significant Sites and Structures Guide, April 2010

Walking Tours

From April through October, the Jug Tavern will conduct monthly walking tours of the historic Sparta neighborhood at the south end of Ossining. Dr. Alan Stahl, a neighborhood resident and former president of the Jug Tavern, who teaches in the History Department of Princeton University, will lead the tours.

Each tour will begin at the Jug Tavern (Rockledge Avenue and Revolutionary Road, behind the CVS) at 1 p.m. with a showing of the video “The Battle for Sparta.” Participants will then walk about six blocks through the neighborhood learning about the historic homes in the landmarked district; the tour will end at around 3 p.m.

The following are Sunday tour dates scheduled for 2018:

April 15, 1–3pm
May 6, 1–3pm
June 10, 1–3pm
July 8, 1–3pm
August 12, 1–3pm
September 7, 1–3pm
October 7, 1–3pm

Tour Logistics:

Meet at Davids-Garrison House (The Jug Tavern) 74 Revolutionary Road, Ossining.
Walks are free and last about 2 hours. (Suggested donation is $10 per person, or join JTS, Inc.)
Additional tours can be scheduled for groups by contacting to make arrangements.


For more information visit

  • Carol says:

    I took this tour when I first moved to Ossining and it was great, Dr. Alan Stahl is very knowledgeable and super nice! Every Ossining Resident should take this FREE tour! The suggested donation is only $10 per person.