The Brunswick Tavern

Pub, taproom, watering hole… Call it what you will. Taverns have been around forever, or at least as long as alcohol has been. For most people there’s an allure to going out for a night at the local bar. Today people go to the bar to gather with friends or sing karaoke, but that was not always the case. Taverns have been known to host patriots plotting coups for independence and criminals devising plans of destruction. As the social hub of a community they were also used as courthouses, political meeting places and even school rooms. The Brunswick Tavern is located on route 61 in West Brunswick Township. Now, I would call this area Deer Lake, but someone else might say Pinedale. Go back 250 years and it might be called Bohandy.

Cheers had Sam Malone and the Brunswick Tavern had Ludwig Hering. Ludwig was from Germany. He traveled to America from Rotterdam on the ship Neptune (below is what his ship might have looked like) and landed at Philadelphia on September 30, 1754.

He married Christina Braunschweig (her surname means “Brunswick” by the way) in present-day Montgomery County in 1755 and they had several children (most sources I read listed ten, others eleven or twelve). He was naturalized as a “citizen” in Douglass Township on September 23, 1760. In this area he worked as a farmer and miller. He sold his land in June 1774 and moved to Bohandy (Pine) Creek, Brunswick Township in then Berks County (Schuylkill County was created from Berks County). His occupation on various records lists him as a cordwainer (a shoemaker of leather), farmer, miller, sawyer (someone who saws timber), and lastly, a tavern keeper.

Ludwig and his family belonged to Zion’s Red Church which is located about a mile north from the tavern ruins. Not much is left of the Ludwig’s business and it is on private property. There is a small pond behind the edifice and shrouded with overgrown weeds and brush there is a grouping of stones, purposefully placed. I imagine this is a well or a covering for a spring.

Christina died in 1781 at age forty-three. Ludwig had a second wife named Susanna Elisabeth Orwig (her brother Peter is the supposed founder of Orwigsburg). They had three children, all girls, and they are mentioned in his will. Susanna was born in 1755 and she would have been in her late twenties when she married Ludwig. Her resting place is unknown.

Ludwig was a veteran of the Revolutionary War and served as a 2nd Lieutenant in Captain Whetstone’s Brunswick Company in 1777. He would have been forty-three years old. He died in February 1788 and is buried, alongside his first wife, in Zion’s Red Church Cemetery.

Please note: I am in no way an expert in genealogical investigation. The above information is what I could uncover by simple internet searches. This data may be wrong. If you know anything about Ludwig and his family, please let me know.


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