America is built on entrepreneurship; the freedom to carve one’s own path to success and prosperity has created the thriving economy that is now one of the biggest in the world. Businesses of every kind have been essential for the health and growth of the United States from the beginning – in fact, many businesses throughout the country predate the Declaration of Independence which was issued in 1776! I love learning about the history of the United States, so I was delighted to find this chart from WyomingLLCAttorney on the oldest businesses in every state:
So what is the oldest business in America? That would be Shirley Plantation in Charles City, Virginia. It was established in 1613 by Sir Thomas West, the 3rd Baron De La Warr. It is now the oldest active plantation in Virginia and the oldest family-owned business in all of North America. The official website for the plantation provides a detailed timeline of its history. The second oldest business is Tuttle’s Red Barn in Dover, New Hampshire, which has been in continuous operation since 1632. It was run by the Tuttle family for an incredible eleven generations!
From a design perspective, I enjoy the simplicity and easily digestible format. The header font is gorgeous and readily captivates the eye. I appreciate the minimalist icons to represent the type of business for each state. So many farms, restaurants, and bars – it truly showcases the hardworking heritage of the American people. Have you visited any of these businesses in your state?