Michigan’s oldest bar has been welcoming customers since 1831
They say age is just a number, and a bar in New Hudson, Michigan proves it in a big way. The New Hudson Inn has served it for 191 years.
It’s hard to believe all the changes that seem to be ending many businesses, especially when we’re talking about businesses that opened before cars and phones were a thing. In fact, Michigan hadn’t achieved statehood when the “Old Tavern,” as it was called, opened.
You’ll find this cool piece of Michigan history tucked away in New Hudson, just off I-96 between Brighton and Novi. According to the website, Russell Alvord of Monroe County, New York, was ceded by President Andrew Jackson and opened the stagecoach stop for travelers.
The inn eventually turned into a hotel once New Hudson was established, but it also played an important historical role during the Civil War. As The New Hudson Inn recounts, located above the main room of the tavern was built a secret room that possibly hid runaway slaves on the Underground Railroad. As the escaped slaves arrived quickly and quietly, an occasional item remained in the hiding place in the upper room. The hall is now on display as a museum to be seen.
Over time, fate was on the side of the historic inn as the Michigan Air Line Railroad chose New Hudson as its railroad stop, allowing guests to come. Although the bar has changed hands over the years and renovations have taken place, the New Hudson Inn continues to operate as usual, welcoming guests and serving spirits and food.
Embedded in the community for nearly 200 years, the inn is in the process, with the help of the Oakland County Historical Commission, of obtaining a historical marker noting that the New Hudson Inn is officially the “oldest bar in continuous operation of Michigan”.
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