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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, April 14th -- "Open House" as Part of the Northern Neck Artisan Trail "Second Saturday Open Door Tour"

The Northern Neck Artisan Trail is starting a monthly "Open Door Tour", beginning Saturday, April 14, 2018. Across the trail that day, 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 host a Special Program on Spinning Fiber, entitled "From Sticks & Stones to 3-D Printed," which will explore the world of ways to spin fiber into yarn. The Tavern Woodworking Guild will demonstrate Spoon Carving and Decorative Wood Burning.

The Tavern Café will be open, serving soups, fresh-baked breads, quiché, and sweet treats, all homemade by the volunteer members of the Tavern Culinary Guild. The "Heritage Arts Center" Gift Shoppe sells the wares of over 75 local artisans, and also includes several artisans in-residence.

Behind the Tavern in the Forge, the Blacksmith Guild is holding a Class in Blacksmithing. The public is invited to watch. The next "Blacksmithing 101" class is due to take place in Fall - put your name on the sign-up list if you're interested.

Other stops on the April 14th tour include two stained glass studios - Bee's Stained Glass in Colonial Beach and Zekiah Glass in Farnham, plus Stratford Hall, and Ingleside Vineyards.

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.OpenDoorTour.org and click on the link for "Second Saturdays on the Northern Neck Artisan Trail." The next "Second Saturday on the Northern Neck Artisan Trail" is Saturday, May 12, 2018.

Saturday, April 21st -- Farmers Market, Wine Fest, and much more!

Yes, it's our season-opening Heathsville Farmers Market on Saturday, April 21st, but we've got lots more than just fresh produce! 

You'll want to shop all your favorite vendors, selling local meat, honey, flowers and nursery plants, baked goods, and locally-made handcrafts. We'll also have many new vendors.

In addition, there will be a whole section devoted to Earth Day, a Quilt Sale, and our annual Wine Tasting festival.

Earth Day Celebration: Sponsored by NAPS (Northumberland Association for Progressive Stewardship), this section of the market will include special exhibits, vendors and activities -- all with an environmental theme.

Tavern Quilt Sale: Take a peak inside the "Transportation Museum Building." Beautiful and unique quilted items, made by members of the Tavern Quilt Guild, will be for sale.

Northern Neck Wine Fest: But by 11 a.m., it's time to start savoring the flavor of Virginia wines. A number of local wineries will be on hand. Tickets will cost $10 at the gate, which includes an etched wine glass for tastings.

The Farmers Market and Earth Day celebration are officially open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., although many vendors elect to stay later. The Wine Fest and the Quilt Show will run until 5 p.m. 

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.

Inside the Tavern itself is our Tavern Café and "Heritage Arts Center" Gift Shoppe. The shop has a huge variety of locally-made artisan wares. Our café offers a relaxing sit-down lunch. Or you can grab a bite at our food concession stand, located outside the "Transportation Museum Building".

Other activities this day include a 5K Road Race at 8 a.m.

For more information, call 804-580-3377.


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.


Saturday, May 5th -- It's our Kentucky Derby Party!

This is the premier social event on the Northern Neck! You'll enjoy a Sumptuous Spread, including smoked rockfish, BBQ, fried chicken, steamed shrimp, and all the accompaniments, plus Mint Juleps, open bar and live Bluegrass Music.

Spend some time looking over our fabulous Silent Auction. You'll find restaurant certificates, gift baskets and many unique, hand-crafted items. Then place some bets on your favorite ponies and watch the race on Big Screen TV.

Tickets cost $40 per person; $75 per couple. Group discounts are available. Call the Foundation Office at 804-580-3377 to make your reservations. It's the best darn party around!


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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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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