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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, August 18th -- "Classic & Antique Car Round-up" at the Heathsville Farmers Market

Members of the Northern Neck Corvette Club and the Northern Neck Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America will cruise in during this month's Heathsville Farmers Market. Anyone who owns an antique or classic car is also invited to join the show. The public will be asked to vote for their favorite car and the winner will receive a bucket of homemade chocolate chip cookies. (We're calling this the "People's Choice Chocolate Chip Cookie Award"!)

Shop all your favorite vendors, selling Northern Neck produce, meat, eggs, goat cheese, flowers and nursery plants, gourmet soups, canned goods, and locally-made handcrafts. We have new vendors at every Farmers 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".

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.


Stick Around after the August 18th Farmers Market for "Bingo for Quilts"!

"Bingo for Quilts" starts at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 18th inside the "Transportation Museum Building." Packets of 15 bingo sheets are available for $20. All the prizes are quilted items made by members of the Tavern Quilt Guild. So stick around after the Farmers Market for an old fashioned game of bingo, where all the prizes are quilted!


Saturday, August 11th -- "Open House" as Part of the Northern Neck Artisan Trail "Second Saturday Open Door Tour"

The Northern Neck Artisan Trail is holding a monthly "Open Door Tour". Across the trail on Saturday, August 11th, sites will feature a diverse collection of special events, classes, tours and tastings, and exclusive open studio experiences.

The premier stop on the trail is Rice's Hotel / Hughlett's Tavern, which will hold an Open House, 10 am - 2 pm. As part of this event, the Tavern’s Spinners & Weaver Guild demonstrate Weaving on Loom Oddities, as well as conventional looms.

While you're here, enjoy lunch at the Tavern Café, which offers an every changing menu of light luncheon fare and sweet treats, all homemade by the volunteers of the Tavern’s Culinary Guild. The "Heritage Arts Center" Gift Shoppe is also be open. The hand-crafted works of over 70 local artisans are for sale.

Behind the Tavern, the Blacksmith Guild will be hard at work during the morning hours in the Forge. Come see them in action and chat.

Other stops on the August 11th tour include a Stained Glass Painting Demontration at Zekiah Glass Studio in Farnham, an Art Yard Sale at Allure Art Center in White Stone, "Meet the Artist" at the Artists' Alliance at Jarrett Thor Fine Arts in Colonial Beach, and a farm tour at Westmoreland Berry Farm in Colonial Beach that includes an ice cream sundae.

The Northern Neck Artisan Trail was formed in 2016 as a way to tie together the diversity of hand-crafted talent that exists across the Northern Neck. For more information activities and links to individual artisan sites, go to www.artisanscenterofvirginia.org and click on the Northern Neck calendar of events. The next "Second Saturday on the Northern Neck Artisan Trail" is Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018.


Shop and Eat at the Tavern! Open Thurs. thru Sat. for Lunch!

The Tavern Cafe´ is open 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´, scones, and sweet treats. There's a different menu every week!

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.


Want to Be a Vendor at the 2018 Heathsville Farmers Market?

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



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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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