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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 and 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, June 17th -- Heathsville Farmers Market!

There are always a lot of reasons to visit Heathsville, but Saturday, June 17th is one of the best days to “Make It a Heathsville Saturday.” The entire community is coming together to offer a variety of fun shopping and things to do in conjunction with the Heathsville Farmers Market. The Farmers Market runs from 9 am to 1 pm.

Shop all your favorite vendors, including Franco Produce, Whitley's gourmet peanuts, local meat from Summer Duck Farm and Village Farms, homemade baked goods, plants and seedlings, and locally-made handcrafts. We'll also have a number of new vendors.

Enjoy the Free Concert on the Tavern Green. "At Water's Edge" will perform 9:30 to 11:30 AM. A five-piece musical ensemble, the group will play songs from a variety of styles, including dixieland, country, blues, jazz and pop. 

Sponsored by the Rappahannock Concert Association (RCA), this concert is free to the public, but donations are welcomed. Bring your own chair and a sun hat!

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 Tavern Café offers a relaxing sit-down lunch. Don't miss the café's new "Monkey Muffins," warm from the oven! Or you can grab a bite at our food concession stand, located outside the "Tavern Meeting Building"; breakfast sandwiches available, too.

But elsewhere in the Heathsville community there are other big doings. You'll find interesting shops, attractions, eats and historical sites. Visit Ye Olde Book Shoppe, a used book store run by volunteers of the Northumberland Public Library. Browse the classy church thrift shop run by St. Stephen's Episcopal Church. Take a tour of the old Northumberland Jail, courtesy of the Northumberland County Historical Society. Check out Kathy's Korner for unique treasures for the home. Pick up your Historic Heathsville Walking Map, and wander past homes and buildings from every century since the 1700's.

"Make It a Heathsville Saturday" will take place on the third Saturday of the month, April thru October. Each Farmers Market will have a different theme. Primis Bank is a major sponsor of this community initiative.


Saturday, June 17th -- Juneteenth!


And then AFTER the farmers market and the concert on Saturday, June 17th, there's ANOTHER event at the Tavern!

A group of non-profit community groups, incuding Interracial Conversations NNK, MACORP, Inc., Northumberland County NAACP, and Rice's Hotel/Hughlett's Tavern, 
are co-sponsoring a Juneteenth Fair, celebrating freedom and community unity, from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on the Tavern grounds.

The Fair will be a time for all integral parts of our community to come together in unity to "Celebrate Our Freedom and Shared Humanity"

The event will include vendors, dancing, food, local art youth contest, arts and crafts, live music and games for all ages.

On June 17, 2021, Juneteenth became a national holiday in recognition of the historical event that occurred on June 19, 1865 in Texas. Now you're invited to be a part of this celebration on the Northern Neck!



Grandparents Camp, Monday - Friday, July 10 - 14, 2023

GRANDPARENTS CAMP IS NOW FULL!  Use the link below to be put on the waitlist. You and your favorite young person will spend half day sessions with each guild. Every day you'll make a project and a memory!

$100 per adult/child couple. Ages 8 to 14. 

Click Here to Be Put on the Wait List

For any questions, call the office at (804) 580-3377.





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

Regular hours are 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, salads, scones, and sweet treats. There's a different menu every week!

Check out our Facebook Page for this week's menu.

Visit Tavern Café in Heathsville, VA on Facebook.

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.

We have two new artisans who taken up residence. Come visit with Diane Crowley, who makes exquisitely unique jewelry, and Julie Hendrickson, who makes wood-burned jewelry, face masks and other clever gift ideas.

All food in the Tavern Café is made on-site in the Tavern's commercial kitchen by the volunteers of the Tavern Culinary Guild. Eat in, outside on the verandah, or take-out!

For take-out -- call 804-580-7900.



Want to Be a Vendor at the 2023 Heathsville Farmers Market?

Thank you for your support in 2022 at the Heathsville Farmers Market! We are now accepting registrations for the 2023 season!

We have lots of great vendors, but could always use a few more.

Click here to download a registration form for 2023. Call if you have any questions.




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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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