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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, December 2nd - Golden Village Christmas!

There's no better way to jump-start the Christmas season than with shopping, greenery, caroling and holiday cheer at this year's Golden Village Christmas on Saturday, December 2nd. This annual celebration of Christmastide takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Throughout the Tavern, our "Heritage Arts Center" Gift Shoppe will be full of Unusual Hand-Crafted Gifts, all created by local artists and artisans. You'll find hand-spun knit lace shawls, hand-woven placemats and tablerunners, quilts, baskets, jewelry, bags and totes, cards, woodenware, cast iron candlesticks, lots of unique decorative arts and much more.

Members of the Quilt Guild will be quilting in their studio on the first floor. Upstairs, the Spinners & Weavers Studio will be open with guild members demonstrating their skills.

Inside the "Tavern Meeting Building," which is located directly behind the Tavern, is the Special Children's Shopping areas. For just $2 per gift, youth ages 4 to 11 will be able to buy gifts for up to 10 members of their immediate family. Tavern elves will help them select appropriate gifts and then wrap the gifts as well.

Children's Shopping is by Appointment only. Their shopping hours are expanded to 9 am - 3 pm on Saturday. Should there be sufficient demand, we may also add 12 noon to 2 pm on Sunday. (But ALL other Golden Village Christmas shopping and activities with be just on Saturday, 10 am to 2 pm.) To make an appointment for your child/grandchild, call the Tavern office at 804-580-3377, Mon. - Friday, 8:30 am to 12 noon. 

Meanwhile, outside on the "Tavern Green", More Gift Vendors will be scattered about. Tavern volunteers will have freshly-made Holiday greenery for sale. Delicious home-made cakes, pies, candy and cookies, made by our Tavern volunteers, will be on sale at Ye Ol' Bake Shoppe. Buy raffle tickets for our special Gift Raffle. You'll be able to "wrap up" all your Christmas shopping! 

Santa will be in residence in the "Carriage House" (11 a.m. - 1 p.m.) for picture taking. Bring your own camera. While you wait, Strolling Carolers will serenade you as you savor a free cup of Hot Mulled Cider.

Follow the smoke to the Tavern's Forge and you'll find members of the Tavern Blacksmith Guild at work. The Tavern's Woodworking Guild will have its colonial era workshop open in the Carriage House. The Tavern's collection of antique carriages is also on view there.

If you get hungry, have a relaxing sit-down breakfast or lunch at our Tavern Cafe'. Or you can grab a bite at our food concession stand inside the Tavern Meeting Building.

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 thrift shop run by St. Stephen's Episcopal Church. 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.

For more information, call 804-580-3377.


SUNDAY, December 10th - Sunday Holiday Shopping Open House
Noon -  3 pm

Savvy gift shoppers are invited to a Holiday Shopping Open House on Sunday afternoon, December 10th.

The Tavern's "Heritage Arts Center" Gift Shoppe is filled with unique locally-made artisan wares for sale. Tins of assorted Christmas cookies will also be for sale, homemade by Tavern volunteers.

You can expect to find hand-woven towels and placemats, quilted items, hand-woven baskets, hand-crafted jewelry, original artwork, hand-spun and knitted lace shawls, wooden ware, hand-wrought iron ware, funky painted accessories, handmade cards, and other stunning one-of-a-kind gift ideas.

Tavern volunteer shopkeepers can assist you in finding the perfect gift, and then wrap it as well. Artisans will also be on hand in their studios. See hand-weaving, spinning, quilting, woodworking and more.

Regular shopping days for the Tavern gift shoppe and Tavern Cafe´ are Thursday thru Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


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.


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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.

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

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


Want to Be a Vendor at the 2024 Heathsville Farmers Market?

Thank you for your support in 2023 at the Heathsville Farmers Market!  Check back here soon to download a registration form for our 2024 season.

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






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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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