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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, October 17th -- Season-ending Heathsville Farmers Market

There are always a lot of reasons to visit Heathsville, but Saturday, October 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.

Shop all your favorite vendors. You'll find Northern Neck produce, gourmet peanuts and BBQ sauce, pickles, local pork and lamb, and locally-made handcrafts. We have new vendors at every Farmers Market.

Special this month:

Blessing of the Animals, courtesy of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church. Bring your pets!

The Northumberland Library's "Tech-Mobile" will also be on site and open for tours. "Big Blue," as the vehicle is affectionately called, it both an internet "hot spot" with computers, as well as a place to browse the latest books.

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 glazed donuts, hot out of the fryer! 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 classy church thrift shops run by St. Stephen's Episcopal and Light of Christ Anglican. 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" takes place on the third Saturday of the month, April thru October. Each Farmers Market has a different theme. Sonabank is the major sponsor of this community-wide initiative.

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.

* COVID-19 Notice: Special precautions are being taken to keep us all safe. *

  • Vendor spaces will be spread out more.
  • Special signage.
  • One way traffic through the pavilion.
  • On-site hand sanitizer stations.
  • Vendors and Tavern workers are required to wear face masks.

As a customer, here's what you need to know to stay safe.

  • Be prepared to social distance.
  • Use the hand sanitizer or wash your hands in the restrooms whenever you think it's appropriate.
  • Please refrain from touching items if you don't think you're going to buy them.
  • Wear a face mask for safety's sake.

The outdoor food concession stand will be selling hamburgers, hot dogs, breakfast sandwiches and beverages. The Tavern Café will be serving lunch -- indoors, outdoors and take-out. The Tavern Gift Shoppe will be open (with limits on how many can be inside at any one time).

MAKE IT A HEATHSVILLE SATURDAY!

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Blacksmithing Classes to Be Offered This Fall

Learn Beginning Blacksmithing. If you enjoy it, follow up with Intermediate Blacksmithing. Or learn Forge Welding. For dates, costs, and registration information, click here!

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Tavern Gift Shoppe and Café Are Open!

  • Be prepared to wear your face mask and practice social distancing.
     
  • Please refrain from touching items you don't intend to buy.
     
  • The Café is now open for take-out, outside eating, and dining-in. Calling in your order is highly encouraged - 804-580-7900.
     
  • Check out our Facebook Page for this week's menu.
    Visit Tavern Café on Facebook.
     
  • We'll have special procedures in place to help keep all of us safe.
     
  • Like before, open Thursday thru Saturday, 10 am to 2 pm. (The gift shoppe has many new items. Our artisans have been hard at work while they've been home!)
     
  • Safest time to shop would be between 10 and 11:30 am, if you have special concerns.


Want to order take-out? Call 804-580-7900.

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COVID-19 Appeal

Health restriction related to COVID-19 are gradually being lifted, but the effects are still being felt by the Tavern. Some of our biggest fundraisers of the year were canceled and the Tavern Gift Shoppe and Café were closed for 10 weeks. That really hurt us.

But the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act has a life-line buried deep within. The act allows Americans to make charitable donations of up to $300 and take it off your 2020 taxes – even if you don't itemize your deductions!

To date, we have received $10,100 in donations to help us make up for lost revenue. The Tavern has been touched by the generosity of our supporters during this stressful time.

So, if you haven't responded yet, can you make a donation to the Tavern? Here's a link allowing you to send money on-line: https://www.paypal.com/us/fundraiser/112574644767835624/charity/1779280

Or you can mail a check to the Tavern at: PO Box 579, Heathsville, VA 22473.

Thank you.

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"Heritage Arts Center" Gift Shoppe and Tavern Café are OPEN

Shop and eat lunch. Our hours of operation are Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.,

 

 

 

 

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Want to Be a Vendor at the 2020 Heathsville Farmers Market?

Yes, the Farmers Market season has cautiously re-opened. There are safety procedures to follow, but we've made a start and our customers seemed excited to come shop.

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

Contact

Phone: 804-580-3377
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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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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