William Rand Tavern

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William Rand Tavern
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William Rand Tavern, June 2010
William Rand Tavern is located in Virginia
William Rand Tavern
William Rand Tavern is located in the United States
William Rand Tavern
Location112 W. Main St., Smithfield, Virginia
Coordinates36°58′55″N 76°37′56″W / 36.98194°N 76.63222°W / 36.98194; -76.63222Coordinates: 36°58′55″N 76°37′56″W / 36.98194°N 76.63222°W / 36.98194; -76.63222
Area0.2 acres (0.081 ha)
Builtc. 1752 (1752), 1922-1923
Architectural styleGeorgian
NRHP reference No.04000548[1]
VLR No.300-0037
Significant dates
Added to NRHPMay 27, 2004
Designated VLRMarch 17, 2004[2]

William Rand Tavern, also known as Rectory of the Christ Episcopal Church, Sykes Inn, and Smithfield Inn, is a historic inn and tavern located at Smithfield, Isle of Wight County, Virginia. It was built about 1752, and is a two-story, five bay, Georgian style brick and frame building. It has a standing-seam metal hipped roof with parged brick chimneys at the building ends. A rear addition was built in 1922–1923. It opened as a tavern in 1759, and operated as such until 1854, when the Vestry of Christ Church purchased it. The church sold the property in 1892, and it resumed use as an inn in 1922.[3] It is now operated as a bed and breakfast.

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2004.[1] It is located in the Smithfield Historic District.


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ "Virginia Landmarks Register". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Retrieved 5 June 2013.
  3. ^ Kimble A. David (April 2004). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: William Rand Tavern" (PDF). Virginia Department of Historic Resources. and Accompanying photo

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