Tag Archives: Patterson Tavern

The Cradle of Winnetka

Gazette Article by: Joan Evanich Appeared in the Gazette: Fall 2003 Around Your Neighborhood: The Cradle of Winnetka Imagine you are on an August trip in the family vehicle —hot, tired and looking for a place to stop. You have been traveling for a long time and the kids are getting cranky. Now imagine it […]

Original Christ Church (formerly Garland Church)
building, 1898.

Winnetka’s First Church Site

  Gazette Article by Linda Corwin, Winter 1994 Updated November 16, 2021 A Wayside Tavern for the Weary: Site for Winnetka’s First Church A wayside tavern for weary pioneers on their long trek from New York to Wisconsin became Winnetka’s first church, Christ Church. When John and Susannah Garland and their eight children reached the […]

Zernah Patterson, c. 1880.

The Patterson Tavern

Gazette Article by Laurie Starrett, Winter 1998 Updated 2022 Entrepreneurial spirit is fueled by necessity, opportunity, desire, and determination. All of these played a part in the founding of Winnetka’s first business. In 1836 Erastus and Zeruah (also referred to as Zernah) Patterson and their five children were traveling west from Vermont as part of […]

Model of the Patterson (later Garland) Tavern, c. 1940.

The Story of Winnetka Spirits

Gazette Article by Becky Hurley Appeared in the Gazette: Fall 2011 Winnetka, like much of the North Shore, has a complicated history with drinking. Although the village was officially “dry” for most of its early years, research into the distant—and not so distant—past suggests that occasionally there may indeed have been a “Big Noise” coming […]