Did George Washington really sleep here? In our next round of Historic Bars, we're stopping at the crossroads of time and history to explore old taverns and inns around the country -- the kind with wooden signs, rooms for lodging, and a century (or two) of fascinating stories. Next in line: Hanover Tavern in Hanover, Virginia.
Hanover Tavern has hosted a wide array of historical figures throughout its nearly three centuries in operation.
George Washington slept here. So did Lord Cornwallis, the Marquis de Lafayette, and Patrick Henry. Edgar Allan Poe and P.T. Barnum passed through its doors, as did Charles Dickens and Chief Justice John Marshall.
But Hanover Tavern isn’t one to name-drop. Its status as one of the oldest taverns (and one of the few surviving Colonial-era taverns) in the United States, though, certainly gives it bragging rights.... Read More →
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Lauren Walser is the Los Angeles-based Field Editor at Preservation magazine. She enjoys writing and thinking about history, art, architecture, and public space.