I'm disappointed that I haven't heard of this sooner.

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Since May the Dutchess County Department of History, the Dutchess County Historical Society and other local historical societies have been hosting The Dutchess County Historical Tavern Trail. History and booze? Count me in.

The Tavern Trail takes place every second Friday of every month. Last week was the August installment and it took place at the Stissing House in Pine Plains. The next Tavern Trail will be on September 9th as they explore Old Drover's Inn in Dover Plains and continuing into October on the 14th at the Kimlin Cider Mill in Poughkeepsie. There will also be a special Halloween Tavern Trail in Pine Plains at Dutch's Spirits on the 28th.

We're lucky to live in such a historically rich community and still have access to explore. Local historian William P. Tatum III expressed his appreciation for the Tavern Trail, stating "“The Dutchess County Historic Tavern Trail highlights many of our iconic buildings and the history contained in our epic landscape. These programs are a fun way to explore the links between history, cuisine, and local culture that make our area such a vibrant place.”

Tickets for each event are $5 (per person) with a discount on meals and access to special tasting sites. To reserve your spot stop by MeetUp.Com or The Dutchess County Historic Tavern Trail's Facebook page.