Further Research

The research done in this field pertains to local archives such as newspapers, court minutes, and tax records. This creates challenges in an overall research of women tavernkeepers across all the colonies. Most of the current research is focused on a single city or town. An interesting aspect of the research is how the northern women and southern women differ in their tavern positions. Conclusively, the women, both north and south, were able to successfully maintain taverns because they related to housekeeping jobs as well. Most of the research comes to this conclusion that the work of tavernkeepers is similar to the work of a wife or a mother.


However, the similar roles of women in the house and women work in taverns, expands the question of the role of women in multiple work environments. This could be supported by the current research done towards 19thcentury women in the textile industry. The work conditions and treatment of women provides the probability for connections to women working in tavern.

The history of alcohol in America can be furthered researched to highlight the issues of women in taverns. A few historians have touched upon the violence and abuse female workings experienced, yet it seems to be incomplete. The exploration of sources to see how alcohol use and abuse created domestic abuse and violence towards women in the work place required more research.

The most important gap in the historiography of women in taverns in the lack of organized data. In Canada, the licenses, court records, and tax rolls, have been used to create accessible data about the 90 women tavern owners in Canada during this time. The same data needs to be evaluated for tavern keeper in the colonies as well. This would provide opportunity for more literature to be published about woman role in colonial society through their place in the work environment.