Rare 18th-Century Tavern Saved

Posted on: November 29th, 2007 by Margaret Foster 2 Comments

DeJarnette’s Tavern A preservation group has found a new owner for one of the country's few remaining taverns, the DeJarnette Tavern, built c.1780 in Halifax County, Va.

Named after Daniel DeJarnette, son of a Revolutionary War captain, the building was a colorful stagecoach inn and watering hole. "The tavern is said to have attracted a fun-loving clientele, particularly those who enjoyed horseracing, card playing, and cockfighting," according to the National Register nomination, which APVA Preservation Virginia prepared.

The Oct. 15 sale transferred the dilapidated tavern to a Connecticut couple whose name have not been released. Using state historic tax credits, the owner plans to restore the 1,300-square-foot building to its Civil War appearance, APVA Preservation Virginia announced this week.

In 2001, APVA Preservation Virginia used money from its revolving fund program to rescue the building, listed on the National Register and a state landmark. DeJarnette's Tavern was priced at $29,000. The former state program, transferred to the nonprofit in 1999, is a $1.5 million fund to purchase endangered properties, find the right buyer, and place easements on the property before the sale.

APVA "worked with several potential owners before finding the current owners, who demonstrate the right mix of resources, vision, and appreciation to undertake significant restorations," said Louis Malon, director of preservation services.

"It has always been a place where people and travelers have been able to gather together," the owners said in a statement. "It is an undertaking that we are thrilled to be part of, and look forward to keeping the history of DeJarnette's Tavern alive and preserved for generations to come."

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2 Responses

  1. Kristin Kasprzak

    June 20, 2009

    I am interested in the restoraton of this property, having seen it in a 2007 issue of This Old House magazine. Has any progress been made thus far? Where can I view restoration updates?

  2. National Trust for Historic Preservation
    Guest Writer

    June 23, 2009

    Try contacting Preservation Virginia, http://www.preservationvirginia.org. They may have updates on the tavern’s restoration, or they may be able to put you in contact with someone locally who has info.