Reconstructed Raleigh Tavern from Duke of Gloucester Street
|Architectural style||Colonial Revival|
|Governing body||Colonial Williamsburg|
|Part of||Williamsburg Historic District (#66000925)|
|Added to NRHP||October 15, 1966|
Raleigh Tavern was a tavern in Williamsburg, Virginia, and one of the largest taverns in colonial Virginia. It gained some fame in the pre-American Revolutionary War Colony of Virginia as a gathering place for the Burgesses after several Royal Governors officially dissolved the House of Burgesses, the elected legislative body, when their actions did not suit the Crown.
Rebuilt in 1930-31, it was the first building reconstructed as part of Colonial Williamsburg. Based on period prints, the present reconstruction is an L-shaped white weatherboard building with 18 dormer windows.
The tavern was an institution in Williamsburg; auctions as well as balls were held under the Raleigh's aegis...
In 1769, the Raleigh Tavern began its career as a center of sedition when the Burgesses, dissolved because of resolutions against the British Revenue Act, convened in the Apollo Room as the 'late representatives of the people' and adopted the Non-Importation Agreement. This room was the frequent rendezvous of Jefferson, Henry, and other Revolutionary patriots. They met here in 1773 to develop intercolonial committees of correspondence. Dissolved by Dunmore, the Burgesses met again in the Apollo Room in May 1774.
The Marquis de Lafayette was entertained at a banquet here in 1824, and the building remained in continual use as a tavern until it burned, at the hands of an arsonist, in 1859.
The tavern was reconstructed in 1930-31 on its original foundation, opening for tours in 1932. The reconstructed Raleigh Tavern is one of the more modest but popular attractions of Colonial Williamsburg, a living history museum depicting life in Virginia's colonial capital city. It stands on Duke of Gloucester Street in contrast to the elaborate Capitol Building. In the restored Apollo Room, Hilaritas sapientiae et bonae vitae proles (jollity is the offspring of wisdom and good living) is the motto over the mantel.
- Wilson, Richard Guy (2002). Buildings of Virginia: Tidewater and Piedmont. New York: Oxford University Press. p. 365. ISBN 0-19-515206-9.
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09.
- "Restoring the Old Apollo Room". New York Times. March 20, 1921. pp. Page BRM10. Retrieved 2008-12-09.