The DeWolf Tavern is located in a
renovated 1818 warehouse built by the Bristol-based maritime merchants
James and William DeWolf for their shipping business in the “Triangle
Trade.” A boat slip originally ran alongside the Tavern where ships
could dock and unload goods into both levels of the building. The office
or “counting room” was located on the waterside end of the second floor
with the finished plaster walls and fireplace. The sections of
graffiti-covered plaster you see framed as artwork came from this area.
DeWolf brothers and many other Bristol businesses were rum producers,
and their distillery was housed in what is now the adjacent Bristol Harbor Inn’s
lobby area. Remnants of eighteen wooden barrels used in making rum were
found during the restoration and one will be on display in the interior
of the restaurant lobby upon completion of their restoration.
Tavern’s south side displays a massive indentation caused by the
Prudence Island Ferry when it washed up against the building during the
Great Hurricane of 1938. It is interesting to note that the building is
still standing at all after going through at least a dozen hurricanes
since its construction.
After the building’s exhaustive renovation, the Tavern opened for business in October, 2004, to rave reviews and acclaim. We look forward to being part of your personal history.