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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 & 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 -- "Living History" at the Heathsville Farmers Market

Step back in time at the Heathsville Farmers Market in June. Local historical enactment groups will be setting up a "Living History" encampment. In honor of Flag day, a display of historical flags will be erected.

Next door, visitors are invited to tour the Northumberland Historical Society, where there's a special display of Native American artifacts, and photos from the Steamboat era. Stop by the old jail, too.

Shop all your favorite vendors at the Farmers Market. You'll find local produce, meat & cheese, flowers and nursery plants, baked goods, fresh oysters, and locally-made handcrafts. There are new vendors at every market.

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 cafe´ offers a relaxing sit-down lunch. Or you can grab a bite at our food concession stand, located outside the "Transportation Museum Building"; breakfast sandwiches available, too.

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.


Enjoy Lunch at the Tavern Cafe´

Open Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday • 10 am - 2 pm

•   There's a new place to eat lunch in Heathsville! The Tavern volunteers are serving up tasty homemade soup, fresh-baked bread, quiche, and sandwich kits. There are also scones and sweet treats, plus beverages.

•   There are different soups, breads, and desserts every week!

Look forward to seeing you here sometime! Available for eat-in or take-out.

•   All cooking is done by the Tavern volunteers in the Tavern kitchen. All proceeds benefit Rice's Hotel / Hughlett's Tavern. This is 100% OUR cafe´.

•   The Tavern's Gift Shoppe is be open too! We sell unique hand-crafted gifts and cards, all made by local artists and artisans. (Regular gift shoppe hours are Tues. - Sat., 10 am - 2 pm.



Tavern Gift Shoppe Hours

The Tavern's Gift Shoppe is Open Tuesday thru Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The gift shop is full of unusual hand-crafted items, all created by local artists and artisans. Have lunch in our Cafe´ and then shop!




Calling All BBQ Masters!

Now called "ALL FIRED UP" -- the Tavern's third annual BBQ competition -- will take place on Friday & Saturday, October 6th & 7th. This Backyard BBQ event is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society. All aspiring BBQ masters are invited to compete for cash prizes and "bragging rights."  Click here for Registration form. Click here for Rules & Regs. Click here for BBQ Sponsorship form. Click here for BBQ Judging Application form.


Want to Be a Vendor at the 2017 Heathsville Farmers Market?

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



Click here for all upcoming events!


Phone: 804-580-3377
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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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