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"Grover's Tavern"

James Grover was the fifth child of Benjamin and Joanna (Trott) Grover. He was born at "Grover's Tavern", Woolwich, Maine, January 25, 1798. Living across the road and within sight of "Grover's Tavern", was the Robert Cushman family. The Cushman's had come from Kingston, Massachusetts in 1781. Robert Cushman was descended from Robert Cushman of Canterbury, England, who was the agent for the "Mayflower" pilgrims of 1620.

Robert Cushman of Woolwich, Maine was the fourth Robert Cushman of his line. On March 13, 1826, James Grover married the daughter of Francis Cushman, youngest son of Robert Cushman, (4th). Her name was, Miss Martha 'Dilnoe' Cushman. Her middle name was the corrupted spelling of the family name we know today as, "Delano". The most illustrious descendent of that name was our U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Actually, 'Delano' is also a corruption of the name, for the first person to carry the name to America, was a young French Huguenot, Philip de La Noye, whose parents fled France to Leyden, Holland. He came with some remaining Separatists to America in 1621, aboard the ship "Fortune".

Benjamin Grover, father of James Grover, built and owned Grover's Tavern, which was situated on the old road between Bath and Wiscasset. The history of Wiscasset states;
"This old hostelry was built between the years 1768 and 1789.
It stood almost on the line that was the boundary between the
townships of Wiscasset and Woolwich, and was in the latter town."

"Grover's Tavern" became most known because of the nine "Esquimaux" who drifted on an ice floe from the North Pole for six months. They lived at Grover's Tavern after their rescue, because the heat of Washington D.C. was too much for them to bear. By preference, they lived in the cellar of the Tavern. In 1860-1862, Captain Charles Franklin Hall determined to go north to attempt to find the "lost expedition", (1845), of Sir John Franklin, who discovered the Northwest Passage, but perished in the Arctic.

Captain Hall started his journey July 1871, in the ship "Polaris", but died November 8, 1871. Captain Tyson assumed command, but in the drifting ice and darkness the "Polaris" slipped her cables and was carried away with 14 men. Nineteen persons, including nine Eskimos, drifted southward with only one month's food supply. One of the Eskimos, "Little Joe", hunted constantly for seals, which provided meat, plus oil for warmth and to melt ice for drinking water. The ice floe was only four to five miles in circumference and about twenty-five feet thick. They drifted from 77o31/2' N. to 53o 35', nearly 2,000 miles, before their rescue on April 30, 1873. A sealing ship named "Tigress" found them off the coast of Labrador with only seal skins to eat. They arrived at Washington D.C., June 5, 1873, but the summer heat made them ill, so it was decided they stay in the cooler climate at Grover's Tavern, Woolwich, Maine.

The history of Wiscasset goes on to tell of a favorite drink of the travelers who stopped by Grover's Tavern. It was a mixture of beer, rum, and brown sugar, heated by plunging a hot ale mug into a 2/3 full pewter mug.

Grover's Tavern burned on Labor Day evening, 1938.

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James and Martha (Cushman) Grover built a home on Birch Point, near the village of Wiscasset. This house can still be visited, and is occupied by Richard Tucker Grover (3rd), James and Martha (Cushman) Grover's great-grandson.


 

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