On the night of the American Revolution, militia from Lexington and surrounding Massachusetts towns waited all night in a tavern for the British military as it marched to Concord to look for colonists' weapons.
Today, that tavern serves as the headquarters for Lexington's historical society. And if you venture farther into Boston you'll find pubs and watering holes with all manner of claims to history — “first pub in the U.S.” or “Paul Revere's favorite hangout.”
On Sunday, the city of Burbank's 101st birthday, a new downtown tavern began its footnote in history by also helping preserve it.
The Story Tavern, at 150 S. San Fernando Blvd., is named for the San Fernando hardware store that once stood on the site. The store was owned by Burbank's first mayor, Thomas Story.
Going beyond some clever marketing and PR (although the association won't hurt it), the business owners have partnered with the Burbank Historical Society to ensure the city's story is told. Black-and-white prints from the society's archive line the walls of the dining room, reflecting Burbank's aeronautical, entertainment and cultural past.