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c. 1755; c. 1830 additions; 1967 restored. 328 Market St.

The former Red Lyon Tavern is a gambrel-roof Chesapeake-styled building constructed of thick hewn poplar log planks covered with flush shiplap siding. A post-and-beam two-bay addition operated as the separate Stephen Porter Tavern. It was acquired c. 1850 by the Black family, who operated a store from the original building and a tenanted residence from the other, appending the catslideroofed kitchen ell to the rear. A stone basement with a huge fireplace and cobblestone floor served as a winter kitchen before becoming the Blacks’ stockroom. The store closed in 1896 and has since been used as a residence. It was restored in 1967.

Writing Credits

Lisa Pfueller Davidson and Catherine C. Lavoie



  • 1754

  • 1830

  • 1967


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Lisa Pfueller Davidson and Catherine C. Lavoie, "RED LYON TAVERN (BLACK’S STORE)", [Charlestown, Maryland], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Maryland, Lisa Pfueller Davidson and Catherine C. Lavoie. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2022, 91-91.

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