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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 4th - 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 4th. 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 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 will be by Appointment again this year! As a result, 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. Face masks will be required for all children.

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. Delicious home-made cakes, pies, candy and cookies, made by our Tavern volunteers, will be on sale at Ye Ol' Bake Shoppe. Put in a bid at our Gift Basket Silent Auction. 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. (But no sitting on Santa's lap this year either; 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 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.


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 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 2021 Heathsville Farmers Market?

Thank you for your support in 2020 at the Heathsville Farmers Market! We're now accepting registrations for the 2021 season.

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

Click here to download a registration form for 2021. 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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