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  • It is a great name! I didn't realize that "ordinary" had been used in that way, either. Wonder when it vanished....

    January 27, 2009

  • Here in VA there's a town (sorta—maybe "area" is better) called Burnt Ordinary—ordinary in the sense of a tavern. (I don't think it was burned because of encroachment, though.)

    At one time, there was a difference between a tavern and an ordinary, but I can't remember exactly what it was. I think ordinaries were frequently stops for stagecoaches to change horses, and offered food and drink at fixed prices as well as rooms for travelers. Taverns didn't have to offer rooms (though many did); and I think inns didn't have to offer food (though many did). Something like that...

    Anyway I think "Burnt Ordinary" is a great name.

    January 27, 2009

  • In Fulton County, PA. So named because the homes of early squatters were burned by order of the provincial government, after Native Americans complained about white settlers encroaching on their land.

    January 27, 2009