Did you know that children on the Mayflower drank beer?

on 18/10/10 at 9:40 am

Booze News

“Plymouth History in a Glass: The Artifacts and Culture of Beverages and Drinking,’’ an exhibition at the county’s oldest museum.

There was a time in this country’s history when children swigged beer; rum and whiskey were preferred over hard currency; and a president of the United States, John Adams, was known to start his day by knocking back a tankard of hard cider. (He lived to be 90 years old.)

Americans in the early 19th century consumed 10 times as much alcohol per capita as they do today, said Stephen C. O’Neill of the Pilgrim Hall Museum in Plymouth.

“They drank like fish,’’ he said.

All that drinking inspired a lot of alcohol-related artifacts over the years. These items, and the intriguing tales that accompany them, are brought together in “Plymouth History in a Glass: The Artifacts and Culture of Beverages and Drinking,’’ an exhibition at the county’s oldest museum.

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