More than 500 years of history can be discovered in Scituate, from the Native Americans who fished these waters and the “Men of Kent” whose names are emblazoned on our street signs, to captains of sea and industry. Scituate is situated exactly halfway between Boston and Plymouth and has the best natural harbor between the two. Perhaps this is why “The Men of Kent,” some of whom had sailed on the Mayflower, chose to live here in the late 1620s after leaving Plymouth Colony. The Williams-Barker House, known today as the Barker Tavern, was established in 1634 as a coach stop catering to those traveling by land rather than sea. Coaches made the overnight stop as part of the trip between Boston and Plymouth. The Williams-Barker House also served as a “garrison” or place of refuge during King Philip’s War.