The Oldest Successful Business in Your State
When it comes to your business lasting over time, there is no magic recipe that ensures you are successful enough to withstand over the years. The same families have owned some of the oldest companies in the United States since its founding. The members of it have committed themselves to achieve their success generation after generation.
Other companies have survived various disasters that could have caused them to close forever, but the impetus of their owners has kept them afloat. These businesses have been able to win over communities and their sponsors, and that's one of their common characteristics. They have supported them to be the most durable businesses in the country today.
The following list includes restaurants, bottlers, bars, farms, jewelry stores, and countless businesses that have found a way to survive fires, recessions, tornadoes, and anything else that could affect them. Even the oldest company in the United States exists before the founding of the country, which is an incredible achievement.
For more than 180 years, this jewelry store has provided beautiful accessories and gifts for the entire Birmingham community and surrounding areas. This business has belonged to the family since 1836, establishing a solid reputation in the city for providing authentic and quality pieces to all its customers. From beautiful high-quality diamonds to pieces of fine jewelry in different materials that last forever.
This business started with a Prussian immigrant named Frederick Bromberg, who established his homonymous store 18 years after Alabama was recognized as a state in the country. It is known for being one of the oldest companies in the United States and is currently owned by the sixth generation of members of the Bromberg family. Bromberg's is a business that achieved its place with a lot of effort and work.
Alaska: Alaska Commercial Co.
This well-known groceries' chain can trace its roots to Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia. In 1776, she granted trade rights to her predecessor, the Russian American Trading Co., which was established in this part of the country. When the United States completed the purchase of Alaska from Russia in 1876, a couple of San Francisco merchants bought it. Lewis Gerstle and Louis Sloss decided to establish the commercial company throughout Alaska.
Alaska Commercial Company is a retail company that offers groceries and general merchandise throughout the state, and they have a secure and authentic history with which few retailers can compete. They are a company proud of its long tradition of providing food in every corner of Alaska, even in rural areas. In the last 150 years, they have established a reliable reputation as a trusted community store and the state's primary employer.
Arizona: The Palace
The Palace is a restaurant and bar that opened its doors originally in 1877. It was one of the 40 bars that made up the well-known Prescott Whiskey Row, although there are currently less than 40 in operation. It was the favorite place of the Earp brothers, Wyatt and Virgil, and their friend Doc Holliday, and it was considered more than a "watering hole." People came to the place in search of work, served as a campaign center; and mineral claims were bought and sold over the bar.
In July 1900, The Palace was almost totally destroyed by the well-known Whiskey Row fire, and unfortunately, its structure was utterly lost. The ornately carved 1880s Brunswick Bar was saved from the fire and carried to the plaza, and is still in use at the bar today. Bob Brow, the owner of The Palace, had to make a partnership with Ben M. Belcher and Barney Smith to rebuild its business. They were owners of the old Cabinet Saloon, which was also destroyed by fire.
Arkansas: Rose Law Firm
This law firm was established 16 years before the state of Arkansas was created as part of the country. It is known to be the oldest law firm in western Mississippi, and its foundation dates back to 1820. Robert Crittenden and Chester Ashley signed an agreement for a "Society in the Practice of the Law" to form the firm. The association agreement between Crittenden and Ashley still hangs on the wall of the boardroom of the firm.
The story goes that Crittenden, 22 years old, was later named vice governor of Arkansas territory, and helped organize the new region until the arrival of Governor James Miller. In 1832, Ashley and Crittenden dissolved their society due to the harsh temperament that Crittenden had. "Rose" was added to the name of the organization in 1865 in recognition of the incorporation of U.M. Rose, who was a student of history, science, philosophy, and literature.
The company started as a hardware store in 1849 and is currently recognized as the oldest in California. Charles Ducommun founded it in Los Angeles due to the Gold Rush. The company started to grow and helped in the birth of the aerospace industry in Southern California. It provided the first aluminum frames and aircraft to aerospace precursors such as Lindbergh, Douglas, and Lockheed.
Currently, the company is one of the leading global suppliers of manufacturing solutions for customers in the aerospace, military, and industrial markets. They specialize mainly in the manufacture and assembly of electrical and structural systems, which allows them to produce complex systems. Its products are used in commercial aircraft, military programs, and space developments with different applications. It is a company organized to take advantage of the full spectrum of manufacturing possibilities to provide its customers with the right solution for their needs.
Colorado: R & R Market
This grocery store was founded in 1857, and it has an exceptional place in the hearts of the people of the city. Its original structure was 20 by 40 feet, and its walls were made of adobe 25 inches thick on a base of rock and mud. Today it is operated by Felix and Claudia Romero, who are descendants of the original owner, Darío Gallegos. This market is the oldest continuously operated business in the state of Colorado and is considered part of its heritage.
The original building was rebuilt after a couple of fires occurred in 1895 and 1947. This building contributes to the San Luis de la Culebra National Historic District and is included under the categories of Hispanic history, San Luis history, commerce, and early trade and politics. Unfortunately, R & R Market is in danger of disappearing due to the possibility that closes its doors due to current debts and the conditions in which the infrastructure is located.
Connecticut: Field View Farm
This company was founded in 1639 and is considered the fourth oldest company in the United States. Twelve generations of the Hine family have taken control of this farm, and its businesses, during the time it has been in operation. This farm specializes primarily in the production of dairy products and the manufacture of agricultural machinery in Orange, Connecticut. The constant work and the dedication of this family for the family business have kept it afloat despite the problems.
Although the production of dairy products, such as milk and ice cream, was the primary source of income for the company for many years, this changed in 1996. A fire that destroyed the main barn and a large part of the daily production equipment, with a total damage of US $ 500,000, made the family focus on the sale of agricultural equipment. Despite receiving a state grant of US $ 40,000 in 2010 to help with its reconstruction, the company has not yet recovered 100% of its operability.
The company was initially founded in 1802 as a powder mill but is currently considered the fourth largest chemical company in the world. DuPont has been responsible for significant industrial advances in world history thanks to its research and a long history of achievements. Also, Dupont is accountable for the invention of many things that we consider typical in our life. Polymers such as Lycra, synthetic paints, and coolants, are part of its large number of technological developments.
Éleuthère Irénée du Pont de Nemours founded this company after he and his family escaped from France as a result of the Revolution. In its beginnings as a gunpowder manufacturer, overgrown to become the largest gunpowder supplier in the country. The company created pioneering research laboratories in the United States, which focused on the development of non-military products such as lacquer and cellulose. One of its investments was in the automotive market, buying shares of General Motors (GM).
Florida: Pensacola Hardware
This hardware company is recognized as the oldest in Pensacola, as well as being one of the 50 longest-lived companies in the United States. Since its founding in 1851, only two families have owned the company, Averys and Martins, crediting their success to the ease with which they have adapted to the times. Their regular customers say that their commitment to quality and customer service is one of their best features, and that is why they have remained in the market.
Albert Lord Avery opened the first store in the center of the corner of Palafox and Intendance, and Albert Miner Avery, his son, joined him in the business in 1876. During this time, the company was known as "AL & AM Avery Hardware Company, "and quickly gained fame among the citizens of the city. The ease with which they adapted their products to the immediate needs of the people caused the company to overgrow and become what it is today.
Georgia: The Pirates' House
Known as "the house of the famous pirates of Savannah," is a restaurant steeped in history and tradition, which coincidentally is located in one of the most historic buildings in the state. Long before it was a restaurant and an inn, the property housed the Trustee's Garden, the first public agricultural experimental garden in America. Around 1753, when Georgia was a stable state and the need for the garden no longer existed, the land became a residential area.
This company started as a sugar plantation and manufacturer in 1849 because, for more than a century, life in West Maui was dominated by this business. Their workers' payment, used in the store of the company, was equivalent to the dollar's value in the city. It was they who took the first steps regarding housing, water, and electricity in this part of Maui.
Idaho: Joyce Livestock Co.
Five generations of the Joyce-Nettleton family have operated during all these years this huge cattle ranch founded by Matthew Joyce in 1865. The ranch's cattle area currently occupies 11,000 acres of land, and are licensed to graze on an additional 120,000 acres. The initial success of this business was thanks to the sale of milk, butter, and cheese to the residents of Silver City, but it quickly expanded to other markets. Its expansion and the breeding of cattle gave many profits at that time as the mining boom quickly squeezed the areas near the city.
In the last 100 years, the farm began acquiring the adjacent land and showing the neighbors that by taking root and planting the heels, it is easy to stay for many years. The current owners of the farm say that one of the significant advantages they have had is that all subsequent generations have acquired the commitment to maintain the family business. Another achievement of his predecessors was to invest wisely, buying properties at a reasonable price and improving them as the ranch expanded.
Illinois: C.D. Peacock
This company was founded in 1837 by an English immigrant who took the initiative of establishing a jewelry and watchmaking business. The company survived the Great Fire of Chicago in 1871 thanks to the efforts of its owner and the community. The main store was founded at the same time as the city, which had a population of only 4,000 people at that time, so no person did not know the business.
Indiana: Register Publications
Although this publishing house has multiple weekly and daily newspapers distributed throughout Indiana and Ohio, the oldest of these papers is "The Dearborn County Register," founded in 1836. It publishes every Thursday and has a circulation of 3,500 copies because it is still one of the most reliable sources of news for this community. Two-thirds of its weekly press run goes directly to paid subscribers, and the remainder to stores and newsstands, with the majority of its circulation in the Lawrenceburg area.
Register Publications is a conglomerate of more than 15 weekly and monthly publications, as well as being one of the most respected of these two states. Its content has always been characterized by its high quality, which has earned them multiple awards. Although their strength is the news, they also have an integral distribution and excellent marketing work that benefits the businesses of the community.
Iowa: Breitbach's Country Dining
This beautiful restaurant was opened by a federal permit issued by President Millard Fillmore in 1852. Jacob Breitbach, the great-grandfather of the current owner, acquired the premises in 1862 and turned it into the restaurant we know today. For six generations, the Breitbach family has been the sole owner and has made the business grow every day. His effort has made it a mandatory reference for all tourists who come to the city.
Kansas: Davis Funeral Chapel
This chapel was built in 1855, before the Civil War. James B. Davis, his family, along with his wife's parents, moved to Kansas to make a new life. After living a moment of great turmoil for the country, and after an arduous trip for them, they decided to stay in Leavenworth and start a family business. They initially establish a funeral, coffin, burial robe, and furniture building business, which became the company we know today.
Kentucky: Jim Beam
The history of this company brings together seven generations of the same family, more than 200 years of history, hundreds of challenges, and a great dream: To be the best bourbon in the world. Jim Beam is currently one of the most recognized brands of this liquor, and it all started with the arrival of some German immigrants named Boehm. Subsequently, the family changed the spelling of its name to make it easier for the Americans to pronounce it.
Louisiana: Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop
This bar was built between 1722 and 1732 by Nicolas Touze; and has the reputation of being the oldest structure used as a bar in the United States. In 1722, additional construction was registered to the land through a real estate transfer in the name of a person known as Don Andrés Almonester. The structure and the fence that surrounds it are made in a Briquette-Entre-Poteauxe style that was widely used in French Louisiana.
Maine: Seaside Inn
The history of this establishment dates back to the 1660s according to the oldest document about it that was found. It all began when the boatmen demanded a residence in this peninsula facing the sea at the mouth of the Kennebunk River to transport travelers across the river. The Gooch family, the owners of this place, has operated this inn for more than 100 years before the founding of the United States of America.
John Gooch arrived in Maine in 1637 by Fernando Gorges, an agent of King Charles II, orders to assist in the colonization of Maine. Gooch established the Gooches as central figures of what is known as Kennebunks. As was the custom at that time, the business was inherited within the family for generations by the first-born. On two occasions, the position was inherited to a daughter, and that's why several changes occurred in the family name of the property.
Maryland: Middleton Tavern
The building was probably in use since 1740 according to the records. Elizabeth Bennet, its original owner, sold the property to Horatio Middleton in 1750, who initially used it as an "inn for marine men." Middleton was very fond of navigation, so he also owned a ferry that connected Annapolis with the Chesapeake Bay. His widow, and later his son Samuel, continued to operate the ships after his death. They also used the tavern to run their business of foreign trade and boat-building.
Over the years, this place became a prominent place in the early history of the nation. It was the meeting point of many of the founding fathers and a regular stop for essential characters of the US. In its list of visitors is George Washington, Tench Tilghman, and Thomas Jefferson, who in 1783 gave Samuel Middleton the passage money to Rock Hall on the east coast.
Massachusetts: Barker's Farm
This farm is recognized as the fifth oldest business in the United States because it was founded in 1642. It is a farm/orchard that has been operated by the Baker family for eleven generations and is recognized for its vegetables, other food, and plants. Besides these products, its apples are one of the main attractions of the farm. They are known for them, and their picking season, throughout the country.
They also have a variety of other fruits (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, etc.) that are always a success. Benson ice cream along with other foods is also sold here too. Dianne Baker, the current owner, is a Baker of the eleventh generation that, with her family, have committed to keeping the business running as it was in her childhood. The farm is located in North Andover, 1267 Osgood St., Route 125, and is one of the favorite places of the entire community.
Michigan: George Jerome & Co.
No other Detroit business can claim to have taken root in the city when Indians and not suburbs surrounded it. Similarly, very few companies can boast of existing thanks to six consecutive generations of parents to children. But this company can be proud of those two factors because it was founded in 1828 and still keeps its doors open. Edwin Jerome arrived in Detroit from New York and immediately started working.
Minnesota: Fred W. Radde & Sons
This auction company has been a family business since its foundation in 1886, maintaining its tradition and customs at all times. They are currently the fourth and fifth generation of auctioneers of that family, and they hope to continue that tradition for many more years. Fred Radde III carried out live auctions, his preferred method, until a few years ago, but he has adapted quickly to the technology.
Mississippi: King's Tavern
The building where this restaurant and bar is was built in 1769, making it the oldest structure in the city of Natchez. When the British moved and established Fort Panmure, the building was constructed as a blockhouse for the soldiers. Because there was no nearby sawmill, the structure of the building was built using beams taken from the dismantled sailboats of New Orleans that reached the city by mule.
Missouri: O'Malley's Pub
This company was first established in the country in 1842 when a German immigrant named John Georgian brought the tradition of beer to Weston. The brewery was designed to take advantage of the ice of the river during the winter, and they excavated deep their cellars to make sure that it had the correct temperature. The beer they produced must be stored for at least six months at less than 60 degrees, and that is why they work so hard in the construction of this place.
Montana: Bale of Hay Saloon
It is known as the oldest salon in Montana because it was founded in 1863 as a grocery and liquor store. In 1890 it became a saloon that allows people to go back in time and experience a part of history by having a hefty dose of the Old West. It was empty from 1908 to 1845, but then it was completely restored and became the bar it is today.
Nebraska: First National Bank
This bank is proud of its history, and they show it in every opportunity they have. It was founded by two brothers, Herman and Augustus Kountze, during the Panic of 1857, and it remains in operation to date. Although they took into account the business of the pioneers, they innovated to create an organization that had a vision of the future and plans for growth. One of its characteristics is that they were one of the first banks to issue credit cards.
Nevada: Genoa Bar
Recognized as the oldest operating bar in Nevada, this place was founded in 1853 and is located in Genoa. It is still one of the state's favorite watering holes for visitors and locals due to its history and popularity. Although they have changed their name over the years, and initially it was a brothel, the history of this bar remains in time. Among the original features that the bar still hold are half of the bar and a red oil lamp that light every year on New Year's Eve.
New Hampshire: Red Barn of Tuttle
This farm was considered one of the two oldest family farms in the country until it was sold to another family in 2013. Before this, it was inherited by eleven generations of tuttles from parents to children since John Tuttle arrived in the New World with a land grant of Charles II of England. It was also the inspiration for a popular book of children's stories, and nowadays it functions as a rural store attended by hundreds of people weekly.
New Jersey: Barnsboro Inn
This location was founded in 1776 when John Barnes sought permission from the judges of the Gloucester County Courthouse to convert his home into a tavern. His argument for approval was that there was no such place on that 13-mile highway. The same license is still valid ever since. The land on which it is located had nine previous owners when John Banes acquired the property in 1751.
The building, located on the highest ground in the area, was built by John Budd on the edge of a vast pine forest inhabited by Indians and bears. The oldest part of this business, the cabin, was built with square logs of cedar that measure 12 x 16 inches. It can be said that it is currently as robust as at the time of its construction. The license required him to have at least two spare beds, besides those needed for his family, and to provide stables for the travelers' horses.
New Mexico: El Farol
This restaurant is considered the oldest in Santa Fe, despite specializing in Spanish cuisine. The fact that it is a Spanish restaurant makes sense when we consider the colonial history of New Mexico for years. It is a pleasant and warm place that is used a lot for family gatherings and has become a mandatory reference for tourists who come to the historic Canyon Road.
New York: Saunderskill Farm
The history of this farm goes back almost 340 years, and it is as precious as the soil where it is located, which has sustained 12 generations of this family. Peter Stuyvesant initially granted these lands to Lieutenant Hendrick J. Schoonmaker in 1663 as payment for his military service. This family has cultivated the 300 acres of this land since 1680, and its name comes from the tributary of the Rondout stream that crosses it.
North Carolina: Tavern in Old Salem
This historic tavern belongs to the Salem community since 1784 and is recognized and admired by hundreds of people around the country. The restaurant that was annexed in 1816 is particularly famous for its Moravian cuisine. Their most famous dish is a version of the pot pie, called Moravian chicken pie, which causes many people to tour the country to try it out. This particular dish has become a colonial meal that has been served in the tavern since its inception.
Currently, their menu is inspired by the Moravian families that have lived in Salem since the 19th century. They characterize for serving locally grown food, craft beers, draft beers, wine, and mixed drinks. The staff of this restaurant dresses during the day traditional Moravian attires to maintain the magic and history of the place and has a choice of candlelit dinners for more romantic nights.
North Dakota: The Bismarck Tribune
This daily newspaper was founded in 1873 by Clement A. Lounsberry. Its first copy was published on July 11, 1873, but initially did not have much reception among the people of the community because they had other sources of info. Its weekly audience is 82,000 unique readers and is printed exclusively in the city of Bismarck, North Dakota. At present, the newspaper is owned by Lee Enterprises and is the leading newspaper for southcentral and southwest North Dakota.
Ohio: The Golden Lamb
This location was the brainchild of Jonas Seaman who, after traveling from New Jersey to Ohio, spent $ 4 to acquire a basic license to establish a "public entertainment house" on Broadway. Because the hotel operated on a newly founded town, Lebanon, he would never have imagined that more than 200 years later, his business would continue to exist. Its was inspired by a sign of a golden lamb that hung outside the building for many years.
At that time, most people were illiterate, so many establishments used only one image or symbol to be recognized. Due to its location between Cincinnati and the National Road, the hotel was almost immediately successful, and it is still a prevalent stop for travelers. Throughout its history, it has housed many historical figures, including 12 presidents of the United States of America.
Oklahoma: BC Clark Jewelers
The founder of this store, Benton Clyde Clark, was born in 1869, and at the age of 18, he decided that his life would go beyond the farm where he was born. His older brother had bought a jewelry store in Abilene, Texas, so he decided to move with him and start in the trade as a watchmaker. He learned a lot about jewelry and watches during this time, and after hearing stories about people making a great fortune in the Indian Territory, he decided to try his luck there.
He lost all his savings during his trip to Chickasha and was trapped in Purcell without a single penny, eager to continue his dream. He met a person he had met in Abilene, and as a favor to young Clark, he allowed him to set up his watchmaker's bench his store. Eventually, he established his own business and became very famous in the city for checking and repairing the watches of the railroad employees.
Oregon: Van Dusen Beverages
Initially established in 1849 as Van Dusen Mercantile, it is recognized as the oldest business in the state of Oregon. In addition to this, they are installed in Astoria, the oldest American settlement west of the Rocky Mountains. It was founded as a general store at that time but overgrew to become a bottling plant for water, juices, tea, coffee, energy and sports drinks, and soft drinks. The entire community recognizes it as the smallest Pepsi bottling plant in the world since 1947.
In addition to working on bottling different products, they developed a division specialized mainly in coffee in 1849. This specialized division of the company has grown considerably and offers a complete line of products to restaurants, hospitals, convenience stores, and corporate offices. Among the brands they work with are Aquafina, H2Oregon, Tropicana, Ocean Spray, Lipton, SoBe, Starbucks, Seattle's Best, Gatorade and Mt. Dew.
Pennsylvania: The Rowland Co.
When this company was founded in 1732 by Benjamin Rowland, Benjamin Franklin was barely 25 years old. The founder of this company was a direct descendant of John Rowland, who arrived in America in 1682 with William Penn. It is considered the oldest company in Pennsylvania and the third oldest in the United States, and it's regarded as a vital member of the city's community. Their first products were shovels and similar instruments, as well as springs for cars and other small parts.
The company's market evolved over the next two hundred years, directly involving the distribution of auto parts and trucks, with branches in Atlanta, Georgia, and Jacksonville, Florida. In the 1950s, the company sold all its subsidiaries and remained with only its main plant in Philadelphia, distributing auto parts and heavy-duty items. Since 1967, the company belongs to the Yost family.
Rhode Island: Kenyon's Grist Mill
This grain mill began operating in 1696 according to company records. The first mention of the mill appears after a transfer of lands from the Cottrell family to the Mumford family. Although the mill has been in operation since that time, the current building dates back to 1886 when John Tarbox decided to build it and start providing service to farmers in the area.
South Carolina: Lakeside Mills
This company provides stone-ground corn products, such as flour, around the state since 1736. The history of this mill is fascinating because of its history. It delivered food to the continental troops and supplied the county of Lenoir during the revolutionary war. The site of the original mill, located east of Kinston NC, was the scene of many battles during the Civil War.
South Dakota: Norberg Paints
Many things happened the year that this company was founded and started its tradition of 5 generations in Sioux Falls. Cleveland was proclaimed the 22nd president, the Statue of Liberty came from France, Mark Twain wrote Huckleberry Finn, and there were only 38 states in the Union. Everything started with the arrival of S. Albert from Sweden, he and his brother Peter began to work as painters and, in the middle of a severe winter, decided to move to California.
Tennessee: Austin and Bell Funeral Home
The history of Tennessee's first funeral establishment dates back to 1842 before the first postage stamp appeared or the first locomotive was heard in Robertson County. Marion Henry, a cabinet maker by trade, decided to start this business in the small community of Turnersville, in the west of the county, because she also knew how to build coffins. This area was known as a trade center on the stage coach-line from Nashville to Hopkinsville, KY., so it was not complicated to establish her business there.
The company started by Henry would become over the years in a family business with a tradition of more than 150 years, which would make it the oldest family funeral home in the state. Despite having several locations, the Springfield building is the most prominent because the lights at the entrance are the carriage lights that were used in Henry's original hearse.
Texas: Imperial Sugar
This sugar company has a long and exciting heritage since its founding in 1843, making it one of the oldest companies operating in the state of Texas. Everything started on the banks of Oyster Creek, in what would later become Sugar Land, when the Williams brothers built a sugar mill with mules. Using this impromptu mill, they started the tradition that gave life to Sugar Land, and that has been maintained for generations.
The Kempner family of Galveston bought the Imperial Mill and formed the company that is now known as the Imperial Sugar Company (ISC). Sugar Land, whose name comes from ISC, bears the logo of the company on the city's stamp due to all the company's contributions to its growth. ISC established a support system for its employees that included the construction of housing, medical services, a bank, commercial services, and many other businesses.
Utah: The Deseret News
This newspaper was founded in 1850 by direct order of the Church of Latter-day Saints' Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. It is currently the first news organization and the oldest operating business in the state of Utah. The name of this publication comes from the provisional state created by the Mormons before Utah was founded. "Deseret" is derived from a Book of Mormon word that means "bee," and it has kept this name over the years.
Still owned by the Church of Latter-day Saints, Deseret News offers information, news, commentary, and analysis of various events by an award-winning team of reporters, editors, columnists, and bloggers. This newspaper's goal is to be a reliable voice that influences the lives of people around the world. It has remained as one of the best papers in the region for years thanks to their commitment.
Vermont: Fort Ticonderoga Ferry
The Fort Ticonderoga cable ferry has connected Ticonderoga, New York, with Shoreham, Vermont, since 1759. Residents and visitors of Lake Champlain have used the ship to take a scenic trip for more than 220 years, which makes it the oldest operating ferry in the United States. A double-ended sailing scow was used at the beginning of 1800, which had a sail that fully rotated to reverse the course of the boat.
In the 1870s, a steam ferry began to be used, and the ferry tug, Ethan Allen, started running in the 1880s. Subsequently, in 1946, it begins to use the cable system that remains to date. The WWI surplus pontoon barge, Fort Ticonderoga, started its service in 1949. Another barge replaced it, the Ticonderoga II, which is powered by the converted tug Ethan Allen (and later replaced by Addie B, in 1979).
Virginia: Shirley Plantation
This plantation is the first in Virginia because it was founded in 1613 after a royal land grant excavated the estate on the state border. This plantation is the oldest family business in North America because it dates from 1638 when Edward Hill I established a farm on the banks of the James River. The mansion, one of its main attributes, began to be built in 1723 when Elizabeth Hill married John Carter, the eldest son of Robert "King" Carter.
This building is known as "Great house" and is preserved almost as it was in 1738 when it was completed. It remains the property and residence of the direct descendants of Edward Hill I through the years. Currently continues to be an operational plantation, a private family home, a National Historic Landmark and a Virginia Monument. All proceeds from Shirley's admission fees support the preservation of this unique part of the US estate.
Washington: Laird Norton Co.
This is a family business specialized in providing resources and loan capital that has been maintained for seven generations since its founding in 1855. The purpose of this company is to allow its clients to prosper with their support to grow their businesses. What began as a border registration operation in the Midwest and has become one of the oldest family businesses in the country.
Currently, the name of this business represents for its partners a long-lasting, reliable, and diverse company that has stood out for its commitment to other people. Over the years, they have shown the people of Seattle that their main goal is to enrich the community and support people to live and work to strengthen their families.
Washington, D.C .: Old Ebbitt Grill
It is the most former salon in Washington and was founded in 1856 by William E. Ebbitt after buying a pension to establish his business. Currently, no one can say where the original building that Ebbitt bought was, but many speculate that was somewhere in the limit of the current Chinatown. It is built with a Victorian inspiration and houses 567 seats, receiving more than 1 million visitors a year thanks to its popularity.
West Virginia: The Greenbrier
Considered the Resort of America, has been located in the mountains of West Virginia for more than 235 years. It is regarded as a National Historic Landmark with world-class fame that receives guests from all over the world since its founding in 1778. One of its most important features is its natural mineral springs that continue to attract guests to its 11,000-acre property that has hosted to famous people of history.
Wisconsin: Minhas Craft Brewery
The history of this brewery dates back to 1845 when Mr. Bissinger established his small business in the beautiful hills of southern Wisconsin. The original name of this brewery was Monroe Brewery, and it took advantage of the knowledge that these Swiss immigrants brought about dairy products and the manufacture of artisanal cheeses. This company has changed owners, and name, every 60 years since that time, and has continuously expanded and modernized to meet the needs of the business.
Wyoming: Miners and Stockmen’s
This historic restaurant started in 1862 as a place to meet the needs of the miners of the time. It was founded in an old mining city that housed hundreds of people due to the boom that this trade had at the time, but currently only has approximately 60 residents. The back of its bar was carved by hand in 1862 and is still as one of the most iconic parts of this place. The legend says that a ghost who plays the piano haunts the venue.
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