Across New England, where families trace their roots to the Mayflower, no distinction is too minor to stake a claim on history. But the boasts, for all their romantic appeal, can lead to mix-ups, rivalries, and battles over who came first.
Diners at Union Oyster House have probably seen cocktail napkins and placemats advertising the restaurant as America's oldest, "est. 1826." Visitors to Harvard Yard have likely seen a tour guide point to the ivy-covered buildings of America's oldest university. They are icons; their names conjure up images of men in tricornered hats. (Full article: 763 words)
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