SHIRLEY -- In 1752, the first tavern was built on land that would become Shirley. It served as a place for rest and refreshment for locals and travelers. Two hundred years later, a night club was built nearby serving food, drink, and entertainment. Over 20 taverns, bars, and night clubs did business in Shirley over the centuries.

On Saturday, July 8, the Shirley Historical Society is inviting folks to learn about these establishments and to take a bus tour visiting their locations. The tour starts at 4 p.m. at the Bull Run with an explanation of Shirley's drinking history and the effects of Prohibition. Then the group boards the bus for the tour, stopping at one watering hole for a libation.

Tickets cost $20 and must be paid for in advance as space on the bus is limited.

Telephone 978-425-9328 or email for more information or stop by the Museum any Monday or Saturday between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. to purchase your tickets.