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Court House Tavern

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Early 19th century(?), c. 1822, c. 1830. 3810 Courthouse Tavern Ln.
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)
  • (Virginia Department of Historic Resources)
  • (Photograph by Matthew Aungst)
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)
  • Rear ell (Photograph by Mark Mones)

This is one of the all-important taverns where citizens met on Court Day and other occasions. Early taverns were social, civic, and political centers often at the heart of community life. The oldest section of the tavern is the small three-bay one-and-a-half-story frame section with an exterior-end brick chimney. As the county expanded, so did the tavern. The c. 1822 imposing brick section with keystoned window arches, central chimneys, two-story front gallery, and numerous exterior doors is a good example of a federal-era tavern. Typical of Southside are the shed dormers. The long brick rear ell was added c. 1830 as an extension of the public dining room and for a kitchen.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee


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Anne Carter Lee, "Court House Tavern", [Powhatan, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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, 280-280.

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