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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

Sunday, June 1st -- Quilt Guild's Afternoon Tea and Quilt Show

See some amazing quilts and enjoy a pleasant afternoon of tea and yummy eats. The tea goes from 2 to 4 pm. Tickets are $25 and seating is limited. Call Ellen at 453-5229, or the Tavern Office at 580-3377, to get your tickets.






Saturday, June 9th -- "Open House" as Part of the Northern Neck Artisan Trail "Second Saturday Open Door Tour"

The Northern Neck Artisan Trail is holding a monthly "Open Door Tour". Across the trail on Saturday, June 9th, sites will feature a diverse collection of special events, classes, tours and tastings, and exclusive open studio experiences.

The premier stop on the trail is Rice's Hotel / Hughlett's Tavern, which will hold an Open House, 10 am - 2 pm. As part of this event, the Tavern's Spinners & Weavers Guild will be participating in Knit in Public Day.

Please bring a project to work on, or use our supplies to work on some squares for afghans that will be given to charity. You may also choose to knit sweaters for trees, sign posts, and other fixed objects near the Tavern. This is your chance to meet knitters, learn to knit, knit a row, and chat about knitting. Men, women and children are all invited.

Rice’s Hotel / Hughlett’s Tavern will be festooned in knitted “wisteria,” and the “Heritage Arts Center” Gift Shoppe and Tavern Café will be open. The Gift Shoppe sells locally-made handcrafted artisan wares, included hand-spun yarn, knitted shawls, hand-woven baby blankets, and much more. Over 75 artisans have items for sale. The Tavern Café offers an every changing menu of light luncheon fare and sweet treats, all homemade by the volunteers of the Tavern’s Culinary Guild.

Behind the Tavern, the Blacksmith Guild will be hard at work in the Forge. Come see them in action and chat .

Other stops on the June 9th tour include Sewlovelee, a fabric and quilting store in White Stone, plus a Fossil Trek at Stratford Hall in Montross, and tastings & tours at Ingleside Vineyards in Oak Grove.

The Northern Neck Artisan Trail was formed in 2016 as a way to tie together the diversity of hand-crafted talent that exists across the Northern Neck. For more information activities and links to individual artisan sites, go to www.artisanscenterofvirginia.org. The next "Second Saturday on the Northern Neck Artisan Trail" is Saturday, July 14, 2018.


Saturday, June 16 -- Heathsville Farmers Market

May's Heathsville Farmers Market got pretty well rained out, so we're going to try it again!

Bring your Dog! The Northern Neck Kennel Club will present a "Meet the Breed" program, and then you are invited to come up and tell us about your canine!

Shop all your favorite vendors, selling local produce, meat & eggs, flowers and nursery plants, baked goods, fresh oysters, and locally-made handcrafts. We'll also have many new vendors.

All the guilds will be having special demonstrations at this market. Visit the  Blacksmith Guild in the Forge; the Tavern's Woodworking Guild in their colonial era workshop inside the Carriage House; the Quilt Guild is in their Studio on the first floor of the Tavern; the Spinners & Weavers Guild is in their Studio upstairs at the Tavern.

Please also visit 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 Tavern Café offers a relaxing sit-down lunch. Don't miss the café's glazed donuts, hot out of the fryer! Or you can grab a bite at our food concession stand, located outside the "Transportation Museum Building"; breakfast sandwiches available, too.

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.


Grandparents Camp: Monday - Friday, July 9 - 13!

You and your favorite young person will spend half day sessions with each guild. Each day you'll make a project and a memory! $100 per adult/child couple. Still a few spots open. Call the office at 580-3377 for details.


Shop and Eat at the Tavern! Open Thurs. thru Sat. for Lunch!

The Tavern Cafe´ is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., for a delicious Lunch. The Tavern Culinary Guild serves up homemade soups, fresh-baked breads, hot open-faced sandwiches, quiche´, scones, and sweet treats. There's a different menu every week!

And while you're here, don't forget to wander through our "Heritage Arts Center" Gift Shoppe, which is full of Unusual Hand-Crafted Gifts, all created by local artists and artisans.


Want to Be a Vendor at the 2018 Heathsville Farmers Market?

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



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Heritage Art Classes

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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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