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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

Big News - 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 and fresh-baked bread & rolls. There are also scones and sweet treats, plus beverages.

•   There will be three different soups and breads every week. This weekend you can enjoy Chicken & Dumpling, Beef with Barley, or Vegetarian Minestrone! 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 "Heritage Arts Center" Gift Shop will be open too! We sell unique hand-crafted gifts and cards, all made by local artists and artisans. (Regular gift shop hours are Tues. - Sat., 10 am - 2 pm.



Saturday, April 15th -- Farmers Market, Wine Fest, and much more!

Yes, it's our season-opening Heathsville Farmers Market on Saturday, April 15th, but we've got lots more than just fresh produce! 

You'll want to shop all your favorite vendors, selling local meat, honey, flowers and nursery plants, baked goods, and locally-made handcrafts. We'll also have many new vendors.

In addition, there will be a whole section devoted to Earth Day, a Quilt Show and Sale, and our annual Wine Tasting festival.

Earth Day Celebration: Sponsored by NAPS (Northumberland Association for Progressive Stewardship), this section of the market will include special exhibits, vendors and activities -- all with an environmental theme.

Tavern Quilt Show and Sale: Take a peak inside the "Transportation Museum Building." Beautiful and unique quilted items, made by members of the Tavern Quilt Guild, will be on display & for sale.

Northern Neck Wine Fest: But by 11 a.m., it's time to start savoring the flavor of Virginia wines. A number of local wineries will be on hand. Tickets will cost $10 at the gate, which includes an etched wine glass for tastings.

The Farmers Market and Earth Day celebration are officially open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., although many vendors elect to stay later. The Wine Fest and the Quilt Show will run until 5 p.m. 

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.

Inside the Tavern itself is our Tavern Artisan Cafe' and "Heritage Arts Center" Gift Shop. The shop has a huge variety of locally-made artisan wares. Our restaurant offers soup and baked goods. Or you can grab a bite at our food concession stand, located outside the "Transportation Museum Building".

Other activities this day include a 5K Road Race at 8 a.m.

For more information, call 804-580-3377.


Tavern Gift Shop Hours

The Tavern's "Heritage Arts Center" Gift Shop is Open Tuesday thru Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Complimentary refreshments are available. The gift shop is full of unusual hand-crafted items, all created by local artists and artisans. Our new Tavern Artisan Cafe' will be open soon. We'll keep you posted on its progress!




Saturday, May 6th -- It's our Kentucky Derby Party!

This is the premier social event on the Northern Neck! You'll enjoy a Sumptuous Spread, including smoked rockfish, BBQ, fried chicken, steamed shrimp, and all the accompaniments, plus Mint Juleps, open bar and live Bluegrass Music.

Spend some time looking over our fabulous Silent Auction. You'll find restaurant certificates, gift baskets and many unique, hand-crafted items. Then place some bets on your favorite ponies and watch the race on Big Screen TV.

Tickets cost $40 per person; $70 per couple. Group discounts are available. Call the Foundation Office at 804-580-3377 to make your reservations. It's the best darn party around!




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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