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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, July 21st -- It's KIDS DAY at the Heathsville Farmers Market

Bring all the "young-uns" for special games and activities at this month's Heathsville Farmers Market. Make and decorate toy wooden boats with the Woodworkers. Paint rocks with the Tavern's "Crafters." Check out the fire engine from the Callao Fire Dept. Pet kittens and puppies. Weave on a loom with the Spinners & Weavers. Tour the Northumberland Library's new "Mobile Library / Tech Mobile." Expect a few surprises too!

Shop all your favorite vendors, selling Northern Neck produce, meat, eggs, oysters, flowers and nursery plants, baked 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 Gift Shoppe are open until 2 p.m.

For more information, call 804-580-3377.


Saturday, July 14th -- "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, July 14th, 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 & Weaver Guild demonstrate the ancient art of Kumihimo, a Japanese braiding technique. If you’re interested in learning yourself, sign up for a future class. Kumihimo can be used to make colorful purse straps, lanyards, textile closures, and jewelry. 

While you're here, enjoy lunch at the Tavern Café, which offers an every changing menu of light luncheon fare and sweet treats, all homemade by the volunteers of the Tavern’s Culinary Guild. The "Heritage Arts Center" Gift Shoppe is also be open. The hand-crafted works of over 70 local artisans are for sale.

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

Other stops on the July 14th tour include Sangria and Stained Glass Sale at Oak Crest Winery in King George, Guided Tours and Fruit-topped Sundaes at Westmoreland Berry Farm in Colonial Beach, plus a Sunset Kayaking at Stratford Hall in Montross.

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, August 11, 2018.


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.



Click here for all upcoming events!


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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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