August 11, 2017

Preservation Personals: Virginia Tavern Seeks New Barkeep

  • By: Jared Foretek

Memory can get a little hazy when you’re my age. To be honest, I can’t tell you exactly how old I am. There’s an 1823 deed mentioning me, but some suspect that parts go all the way back to the 18th century.

In the 1820s I was known as Robinson’s Tavern, but most people around here call me Buckland Tavern, where the fine gentlemen of our young nation rode in from far and wide to wet their whistles. There are rumors that Marquis de Lafayette and George Washington stopped in for a few (to hear me tell it, they were regulars), but what’s certain is that I’m a great piece of Virginia history.

Regardless of age, my upkeep has been top notch. According to the National Register, I’m one of the only early taverns left in the area, and by far the most intact—a part of the Buckland Historic District in beautiful Gainesville, Virginia.

The historic tavern is on the basement level (or ground floor), while the living room, kitchen (with an exposed beam ceiling), and dining room are on the main level with wood flooring throughout.

Upstairs are my four spacious bedrooms and two full bathrooms. The master bedroom has one of my stone fireplaces. Over time, I’ve been kept up to date, but with my stone and wood exterior, as well as my gabled roof, I still exude every bit of my historic Colonial charm.

Far enough from D.C. to enjoy fresh air and rolling hills but close enough for commuting, Gainesville is a quiet area with a fascinating history—some of it still standing in the historic district. You can find out more about this gem of a property here.

Exterior of the Buckland Tavern in Gainesville, Virginia

photo by: Michelle Stein

Gainesville, Virginia 20155.

Tavern room of the Buckland Tavern in Gainesville, Virginia

photo by: Michelle Stein

The historic tavern is on the ground level.

Master bedroom of the Buckland Tavern in Gainesville, Virginia

photo by: Michelle Stein

My master bedroom has its own stone fireplace.

Jared Foretek is an editorial intern at the National Trust. He enjoys historic train stations, old bars, and interesting public spaces.

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