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Rice’s Hotel / Hughlett’s Tavern

Rice's Hotel / Hughlett's Tavern is the oldest structure of its kind in the Northern Neck


Rice’s Hotel / Hughlett’s Tavern – Historic Sites in Heathsville, VA

Rice’s Hotel / Hughlett’s Tavern, the last surviving 1700s structure of its kind in the Northern Neck, is located on Route 360 in the heart of the Historic Town Square, directly behind the Old Court. The original three-room tavern was built by John Hughlett some 250 years ago, and is on both the Virginia and National Registers of Historic Places.

The Rice’s Hotel / Hughlett’s Tavern Foundation was created in 1990 by the Northumberland County Historical Society to oversee the property donated by Mrs. Cecelia Fallin Rice.

A group of volunteers grew, known as the Tavern Rangers, they took on the task of restoring and rebuilding the 1700s structure. Today, that structure stands tall, having been through a fire in 2009.

Since the restoration of the Historic Tavern, the Foundation has gone on to build and enhance the land behind it. Dan Purvis had a vision; to recreate the Blacksmith Shop; completed by volunteers in 2005 after Dan’s passing, the shop contains a working forge. Many beautiful items are handcrafted by the volunteers.

The Transportation Building was completed in 2006 and is used for meetings by foundation and community organizations. The building plays a large part in the foundation’s fundraising events and is available for rent.

The Carriage House, completed in 2007 is the home for historic carriages and related artifacts. The carriages are proudly displayed at events and open to the public during special tours and requests.

For more information, call 804-580-3377, email or visit the historic site at 73 Monument Place, Heathsville.