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You are invited to visit the last surviving 1700's structure of its kind in Virginia's Northern Neck!

The story of this tavern and its relationship to the development of Northumberland County and Virginia's Northern Neck reflects what happened in countless court house villages throughout Virginia and the nation.

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The Tavern Foundation (RHHT) would like to welcome you to our website, a visit to part of the historic town square in Heathsville. We are extremely proud of our accomplishments over the years; restoration of a 1795 Court House Tavern, operating Blacksmith Shop, Carriage House, Community Building & Pavilion – all supporting our guilds, restaurant, gift shop and community events and fund raisers.

Our Mission is to maintain and operate RHHT to research, interpret and teach its history; and to continue its heritage as a living part of the community.


Upcoming Events

Saturday, August 19th -- "Classic & Antique Car Round-up" at the Heathsville Farmers Market

Members of the Northern Neck Corvette Club and the Northern Neck Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America will cruise in during this month's Heathsville Farmers Market. Anyone who owns an antique or classic car is also invited to join the show. The public will be asked to vote for their favorite car and the winner will receive a bucket of homemade chocolate chip cookies. (We're calling this the "People's Choice Chocolate Chip Cookie Award"!)

Shop all your favorite vendors, selling Northern Neck produce, meat, eggs, goat cheese, flowers and nursery plants, gourmet soups, canned goods, and locally-made handcrafts. We have new vendors at every Farmers Market.

While you're here, you'll also want to visit the Tavern's Forge, where members of the Tavern Blacksmith Guild will be at work. The Tavern's Woodworking Guild can be found in its colonial era workshop, located inside the Carriage House. The Tavern's collection of antique carriages is also on view there. The Quilt Guild can be found in their Studio, located on the first floor of the Tavern. The Spinners & Weavers Guild has their Studio on the second floor of the Tavern.

Also inside the Tavern is our Tavern Cafe´ and "Heritage Arts Center" Gift Shoppe. The shop has a huge variety of locally-made artisan wares, plus a number of "artisans-in-residence", ready to chat and show you what they do. Our cafe´ offers a relaxing sit-down lunch. Or you can grab a bite at our food concession stand, located outside the "Transportation Museum Building".

The Heathsville Farmers Market is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Tavern Cafe´ and "Heritage Arts Center" Gift Shoppe is open until 2 p.m.

For more information, call 804-580-3377.


Stick Around after the August 19th Farmers Market for "Bingo for Quilts"!

"Bingo for Quilts" starts at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 19th inside the "Transportation Museum Building." Packets of 20 bingo sheets are available for $20. All the prizes are quilted items made by members of the Tavern Quilt Guild. So stick around after the Farmers Market for an old fashioned game of bingo, where all the prizes are quilted!



Enjoy Lunch at the Tavern Cafe´

Open Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday • 10 am - 2 pm

•   There's a new place to eat lunch in Heathsville! The Tavern volunteers are serving up tasty homemade soup, fresh-baked bread, quiche, and sandwich kits. There are also scones and sweet treats, plus beverages.

•  There's a different menu every week!

Look forward to seeing you here sometime! Available for eat-in or take-out.

•  All cooking is done by the Tavern volunteers in the Tavern kitchen. All proceeds benefit Rice's Hotel / Hughlett's Tavern. This is 100% OUR cafe´.

•  The Tavern's Gift Shoppe is be open too! We sell unique hand-crafted gifts and cards, all made by local artists and artisans. (Regular gift shoppe hours are Tues. - Sat., 10 am - 2 pm.)



Tavern Gift Shoppe Hours

The Tavern's Gift Shoppe is Open Tuesday thru Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The gift shop is full of unusual hand-crafted items, all created by local artists and artisans. Have lunch in our Cafe´ and then shop!




NEW -- "Burn the Mortgage" BBQ Fundraiser on Sat. Oct. 7th!

Everyone would like to be mortgage free, and you can help us by eating BBQ on Saturday, Oct. 7th, 4 to 7 pm!

We'll be selling tickets for $30 ($25, if purchased in advance), which will include BBQ, made by our own BBQ Master, Sid Mace, plus sides, desserts and soft drinks. Beer and wine sold separately.

Our favorite band "The Articles" will be entertaining us while we eat and drink, playing songs we all know and love!


Ticket Pricing


So save the date, and help us "Burn the Mortgage"!

More details to come.


Want to Be a Vendor at the 2017 Heathsville Farmers Market?

We've got lots of great vendors, but could always use a few more. Click here for more information.



Click here for all upcoming events!


Phone: 804-580-3377
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Heritage Art Classes

Check out our Heritage Art Classes!

Contact Information

RH/HT Foundation, Inc.
PO Box 579
73 Monument Place
Heathsville, VA 22473

Phone: 804-580-3377

Located on Route 360 behind the old courthouse.

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