The Gift Shop at Hanover Tavern carries a wide variety of items that will please not only history buffs and folks seeking mementos of their visit to the Tavern, but anyone looking for a unique treasure — we offer Cookbooks, Games and Toys, History Books, Jewelry, Candles, unique home decor products, and of course, keepsakes of the Tavern such as t-shirts, a pewter plate and ornaments.
The Hanover Tavern outside Richmond was a place of refuge during the Civil War. Life at the Tavern was not always safe as residents weathered frequent Union cavalry raids on nearby railroads, bridges and farms. Margaret Copland Brown Wight and some of her family braved the war at the Tavern from 1862 until 1865 in the company of a small community of refugees. Margaret kept a diary to document each hardship and every blessing, a day of rain after weeks of drought, news of her sons fighting in the Confederate armies or word from her daughter caught behind enemy lines. Wight’s diary, discovered more than a century after the war, is a vital voice from a time of tumult. Local authors, Dale P. Talley and Shirley Haas, transcribed the diary, bringing to light the untold stories of hardship at Hanover Tavern.
Here are just a few of the things you find at the Gift Shop — don’t forget to stop by when you’re here! Located in the lower level of the Tavern.