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Carter's Tavern

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c. 1773; c. 1807; 1972–1973 restoration. 15125 River Rd.

Weary travelers on River Road, a leg of the principal nineteenth-century stage route between New York and New Orleans, could stop here for a respite from the toil and hazards of traveling the rough roads of Southside. Initially, the building consisted of a one-and-a-half-story ordinary operated by John Dodson. In 1807, Samuel Carter, who probably built the two-story addition, bought the place and obtained a license to operate an overnight stage stop. After falling into bad condition, the tavern was restored in 1972–1973 at the same time as the house. The original one-and-a-half-story, weatherboarded cottage section has an exterior-end chimney with projecting pents, and the double-pitched roof covers an inset porch with flush siding on the front wall. The two-story, double-pile addition has a side-hall plan reflected in the two exterior-end chimneys. A secondary enclosed stairway leads to the private quarters of the owner. Carter's Tavern is one of the few survivors of Virginia's long chain of stage stops that are fast disappearing.

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Author: 
Anne Carter Lee
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Anne Carter Lee, "Carter's Tavern", [South Boston, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/VA-02-HX25.

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Virginia vol 2

Buildings of Virginia: Valley, Piedmont, Southside, and Southwest, Anne Carter Lee and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2015, 358-358.

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