America’s Oldest – Long-Lived American Originals
You know you’re getting old when…
Well, that’s kind of a relative statement, isn’t it? Some men feel like they’re passing their prime as they hit their mid 30s, while others feel like they don’t even hit their full stride until their 40s. Some cars become classics, others become clunkers. Some wines age like a fine… um… wine, while others turn into vinegar.
Maybe age is only a number, then. But when that number reaches a certain magnitude, it becomes undeniably notable. Just note some of these American OGs as proof.
America’s Oldest Bar
The White Horse Tavern of Newport, Rhode Island first began slaking American’s thirst more than one hundred years before there was an America on the map. This establishment was established in 1673, and has been serving rum, ale, and other bracers ever since. Today the tavern has taken on a decidedly more upscale approach to business than it did in the early days, so plan to wear a shirt with a collar instead of your hogslop soiled breeches, but if you happen through Newport anytime in the next few hundred years, do dress up and stop by for an historic sip.
America’s Oldest Tree
Ah, America, home of both the world’s largest tree and the world’s second oldest tree. Pretty cool, huh? And in fact both of these venerable trees are located in California. But while General Sherman — a giant sequoia standing 275 feet tall and about 52,500 cubic feet in volume — might have the record for size, it’s only about 2,000 years old. America’s oldest tree is a bristlecone pine named Methuselah that is likely 5,000 years old, and still going strong. (There is a tree in Sweden that may be almost 9,550 years old, but it’s only 16 feet tall. Our tallest tree? Yep, another world record holder: the redwood Hyperion stands just a hair under 380 feet.)
America’s Oldest WWII Veteran
Richard Arvine Overton is not only the oldest living WWII veteran, he may also be the most awesome living vet, too. Mr. Overton enlisted to serve his country in 1942, when he was at the tender age of… 36. Do the math, and you’ll realize that this man was already ten years old when America entered World War I. And today, at the age of 110, he spends his days smoking up to 12 cigars a day, drinking “whiskey stiffened coffee,” and brandishing a classic Thompson submachine gun (AKA Tommy Gun) on the porch of his Austin, TX home.
America’s Oldest Brewery
The oldest continually operating brewery in America is the D.G. Yuengling and Son brewery based in Pottsville, PA since 1829. While other breweries were founded before this venerable institution, none has lasted so long. Their lagers are wildly popular up and down the eastern seaboard and have made inroads in other areas of the country as well, and the company boasts large enough sales to share the title of the largest American-owned brewery by sales volume (they are tied with The Boston Beer Company, maker of Samuel Adams). And here’s a fun fact: Yuengling also makes ice cream!
America’s Oldest Ballpark
People have been singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” since the song was written in 1908. Six years later, in 1912, you might first have heard the tune crooned in Boston’s historic Fenway Park, the oldest ballpark in America. Over its 104 year history, Fenway has been the site of much heartbreak and occasional joy, and it has seen multiple expansions and “improvements” that have given the stadium its quirky, beloved character. (Green Monster, anyone?) Fenway Park is not only the oldest ballpark in the country, but also one of the smallest. In fact, it is the third smallest by seating capacity.
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