And Now It’s ‘George Washington Drank Here’

       I think most of us have heard the saying, “George Washington Slept Here.”  In fact, I think just about every inn and hotel (and even private houses) here in the Northeast has made that claim.  There was even a movie made with that title, a 1942 comedy starring Jack Benny.  

       Last weekend I discovered a twist on it.  My wife and I had lunch at the Cold Spring Depot on the Hudson River, about 60 miles north of Times Square.  As we waited for our food, I read on the paper placemat about a plaque at the restaurant proclaiming “George Washington Drank Here.”  I immediately envisioned our first president sitting at the bar, working on a tall one. 

       But of course, that wasn’t it at all.  It turns out that, on his many trips to the area during the American Revolution, he would often drink water from a spring in the village, calling it a cold spring, and leading to the name of the village.  Another piece of history falls into place… 

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Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer 

My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death in The Cloisters (under construction)

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