About Us - Our History
Plumsteadville Inn has been in almost continual operation since 1751 and began its long and storied history as a tavern with eight guest rooms in Plumstead Township. Located on Old Dyer Road (now Route 611) a main thoroughfare for stagecoaches traveling between Philadelphia and Easton, the tavern became a favorite stop along the route. The original building, constructed on property owned by English immigrant Samuel Hart in 1751, was on the front of the original Hart cottage and featured a welcoming front room featuring a large fireplace. The original Hart Tavern is now what we refer to as the original dining!
After the American Revolution, the property came into the possession of John Redrock, a justice of the peace and figure of prominence in the Fries Rebellion. His board of tax collectors attempted to enforce the unpopular house and land tax enacted by Congress in 1798. The Redrock Tavern, as it was known at that time, became the regular meeting place for his board until tempers boiled over when protesters stormed and stoned the Inn in 1799. More popular was the village of Plumstead’s post office (the “ville” was later added in 1946), the first in Bucks County, which Redrock as postmaster operated in the Tavern.
In 1904, the Philadelphia and Easton Railway Company line was completed, making stops from Easton to Doylestown. As it had been for the stagecoach travelers, The Plumsteadville Inn, as it finally became known, was one of the major destinations along the line as residents of the township served as major suppliers of fresh vegetables and meat.
The interior of the Inn was badly damaged by fire in 1965, briefly halting operations. Restored in 1968, additions were made around the original Hart dining room in 1975 by the Carson family.
Recognizing that Plumsteadville Inn is a landmark that is best remembered as a gathering place that became a fixture in the lives of so many in the community, the Evangelista family purchased the Inn in 2010 and have lovingly restored the historic details.
The “Plum” of today takes the best of the old and marries it with new ideas for making memories. From the beautiful fireplaces and hardwood floors to the restored original grand piano, to today’s most entertaining technological advances (yes, we have free wifi and HDTV), a foundation for the future rests comfortably on some of the most treasured parts of the past.
As you make your own memories at the “Plum”, we promise to provide you with delicious, family-inspired menus, great service, and a comfortable setting that welcomes young, old and everyone inbetween. Whether you think of us as a spirited watering hole, a special occasion restaurant, or a convenient and friendly place to stop with the family, we say, “Welcome back."
We hope you’ll agree that in some ways, the warmth of the original tavern never really left.
-- The Evangelista Family