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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 5th - 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 5th. 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.

You'll find members of the Quilt Guild quilting in their studio. Delicious home-made cakes, pies, candy and cookies will be on sale at Ye Ol' Bake Shoppe. And 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 the princely sum of $1 per gift, youth ages 4 to 12 will be able to buy gifts for their entire family. Tavern elves will help them select appropriate gifts and then wrap the gifts as well.

ALERT! Children's Shopping CHANGES! By Appointment only this year! Due to COVID-19 health restrictions, children's shopping will be by appointment only this year. As a result, we have expanded hours to 9 am - 3 pm on Saturday and 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. Garner's Produce of Warsaw will be selling winter squashes, apples and other locally-grown produce. Tavern volunteers will have freshly-made holiday greenery for sale.

Santa will be in residence in the "Carriage House" (11 a.m. - 1 p.m.) for picture taking. (But no sitting on Santa's lap this year; he'll be behind a clear plastic barrier.) 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 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.

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

  • Vendor spaces will be spread out more.
  • Special signage.
  • 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.

For more information, call 804-580-3377.


Tuesday, Dec. 1 is

Help the Tavern Foundation help young scholars go to college!

Our goal is to raise $1,000 for the Tavern Scholarship Fund. An anonymous donor will
contribute $200 once others have donated $800.

Please consider making a donation to the Tavern Scholarship Fund Tuesday, December 1! Come by the office 8:30 am – 12:30 pm to drop off a check, or donate on-line by clicking HERE!


SUNDAY, December 13th - Sunday Holiday Shopping Open House
Noon -  4pm

Savvy gift shoppers are invited to a Holiday Shopping Open House on Sunday afternoon, December 13th.

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 the volunteers of the Tavern Culinary Guild.

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!

The Tavern Cafe´ will be closed Thanksgiving week, but the Gift Shoppe will be open on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 27 and 28 for your shopping pleasure.

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´, hot open-faced sandwiches, 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 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.

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

We have special produres in place to help keep all of us safe during these challenging time. Tables are socially-distanced inside. Only take your face masks off to eat. Take-out is available -- call 804-580-7900.




Want to Be a Vendor at Golden Village Christmas?

We've got lots of great vendors, but could always use a few more. Call the Tavern Office at 804-580-3377 for more information.

Click here for a registration form and more info.


Phone: 804-580-3377
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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.


Want to Be a Vendor at the 2021 Heathsville Farmers Market?

Thank you for your support in 2020 at the Heathsville Farmers Market!

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


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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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