The Black Bear Tavern and Ball Alley

One day, alas! Did he full soon Forsake his work and victuals; And careless all the afternoon, Drank ale and play’d at skittles. But Love so much his wits had cross’d His mind perplext and puzzled; That many were the games he lost, And much the ale he guzzled. Then as he lost he fractious grew, Read More

Captain William Spafford sold slaves, rum, and ship provisions in early Philadelphia

Below is a brief sketch of the life of William Spafford (sometimes also spelled “Spofford”). William and his wife Rebecca were the first occupants of the large house still standing on the northwest corner of Front and Bainbridge Street.