The village of Brick Tavern is named for the tavern built in 1818 by Henry Shelley. Shelley was a descendant of one of the earliest groups of Mennonites to settle in the township about 1720. The Brick Tavern Inn (still in operation today) was located on one of the main stagecoach routes between Allentown and Philadelphia. The bricks for the tavern are said to have been fired on the site as red clay for bricks and for pottery such as redware is abundant in this area of PA.
Source: Milford Township Historical and Preservation Society, PO Box 73, Spinnerstown PA 18968; 215-538-8101.