Wednesday’s Words Nine Pin

WEDNESDAY’S WORDS – NINE-PIN:  Nine-pins was the most popular form of bowling in much of the United States from colonial times until the 1830s, when several cities in the United States banned nine-pin bowling out of moral panic over the supposed destruction of the work ethic, gambling, and organized crime. To meet the letter of the law, a pin was added and the game became known as Ten-pin bowling.  The pins were often handmade and the size varied.  During the warmer season the game could be played outdoors (as pictured in this 18th century sketch).  In the winter, the pins were downsized so that the game could be played on the floor or the top of a tavern table. Eighteenth century games including Nine-pin are exhibited in the oldest section of Michie Tavern.  The exhibit can be viewed during a tour from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (last tour begins at 4:20 p.m.)  The tours are continuous and free to local residents.

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