A Voyage to the Past at Green Dragon Tavern and Museum

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“America,” I said softly. “The New World.” The pulse beneath my fingers had quickened, echoing my own.  A new world.  Refuge. Freedom.

~Claire Fraser

Voyager by Diana Gabaldon, Chapter 63

History – it’s all around us.  While in school we may not have fully appreciated it, but, as adults, we can see the importance of it, and even come to enjoy it.

Although Outlander crosses many genres, it most definitely is considered historical fiction.  In the third book of the series, Voyager, the Frasers arrive to America. Diana Gabaldon includes real historical figures and events in her books.  I find it fascinating to see the names of people from the past appear in her books.  I was raised by a very patriotic father, so American history always tugs at my heartstrings.  I appreciate that Diana includes them in her storylines.

For my father’s birthday, my brother and I decided to take him to a special restaurant: Green Dragon Tavern and Museum in Carlsbad, California.  Yes, a restaurant AND a Colonial American museum all in one.  We knew it was the perfect place to take him and indeed he thoroughly enjoyed it.  I was pleasantly surprised at how much I loved it as well!  I must thank Diana for increasing my interest in something that my father finds so special and important.

Green Dragon Tavern and Museum is a replica of a colonial tavern of the same name in Boston, Massachusetts.  The original tavern is where the Boston Tea Party and American Revolution were discussed and planned. This Boston tavern is also where Paul Revere began his famous ride.

The Green Dragon opens daily at 11:00 am and they offer a Sunday Brunch at 10:00 am.  Admission to the museum at Green Dragon is free.  It is small, but pleasantly arranged.  One can easily spend an hour or more just reading and looking through the photos, documents, and artifacts.

In addition to the museum, there are two areas for eating – The Tavern and The Dining Room.  If you want a more quiet and intimate meal, then sit in The Dining Room.  For my dad’s birthday dinner, we chose to sit in The Dining Room.

The menu features American food made from scratch similar to meals prepared back in the days of the Revolution.

Once the food was served, I ran around the table taking photos of the food before my family would dig in and devour it…unfortunately that meant some of my photos came out a bit blurry.  OOPS!

clockwise: Pastrami Burger, Steak Frites, Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich, Lobster Mac n Cheese


clockwise: Tavern Burger, Bacon Wrapped Chicken, New England Baked Cod

The Tavern side has two stories and several televisions on which to watch sports.  The tables located up the flight of steps are a bit bigger, but if you want be right in the center of things, sit downstairs.

Upstairs there are also a couple of sofas on which to lounge while enjoying your beverages.

Happy Hour is held daily from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm and all day Sunday.

On another day while on our way home from an Outlander event, we, Sass3nachs, stopped at Green Dragon for dinner.  We chose to sit in the upstairs section of The Tavern. This time, my photos came out much more clearly. Yay!

clockwise: Tavern Burger, Shepherd’s Pie; Fish n Fries
Mug of icy draft beer and Peach and Strawberry Sangria
A dram of Jameson

As if a museum, dining room, and tavern aren’t enough, Green Dragon also has a coffeehouse and bookstore.  Enjoy a cup of coffee, pastry, and free wi-fi while meeting up with friends.

Peruse the historical books and collection of games played long ago.

The Coffeehouse is open weekdays at 7:00 am and weekends at 8:00 am.  If you find the Bookstore is closed when you visit, ask to speak to the management – they’d be happy to open it for you.

If you’re looking for a unique place to hold a special event, Green Dragon also has banquet rooms available.  You can email them at events@greendragontavernca.com for more information.

Patriot Room

As you wander through the hallways, there are portraits and paintings lining the walls.  My favorite is this one of the Mayflower Passengers that depicts which Pilgrims made it to the harvest feast in 1621 and which, sadly, did not. I always knew half of the Pilgrims died that first year, but seeing it in this format really makes this historical fact clear.

Those is black on the bottom were the Pilgrims that survived and those in gray were the ones that died during the first year in Plymouth Colony.

If you’re in Southern California, it is worth the trip to Green Dragon Tavern and Museum to get some good food, drinks and peruse the museum for a bit of historical enrichment. You will truly find that it is quite a unique experience!

To see additional photos from Green Dragon Tavern and Museum, visit our Flickr album here.

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