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Host to George Washington, Lord Cornwallis, and the Marquis de Lafayette to only name a few, the Hanover Tavern is one of only a few remaining colonial era taverns in the United States. Initially being built in 1791, the Tavern was built in five stages and is over 12,000 square feet, spread across three levels. Several slaves from the Tavern complex participated in Gabriel’s Great Slave Rebellion in August of 1800. Additionally, the Tavern was used by both Confederate and Union troops on their way to and from the battlefield.

In 1990, the Hanover Tavern Foundation purchased the Tavern and began its road to restoration. Today, Hanover Tavern is home to the Barksdale Theatre – the oldest continually operating dinner theatre in America. It is also home to the Hanover Tavern & Pub. The Hanover Tavern Foundation utilizes the Tavern as an historical, educational, community and cultural resource center for the general public.

For more information, visit their website at HanoverTavern.org.


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