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13181 Hanover Courthouse Road
(Route 301)
Hanover, VA 23069
(804) 537-5050

History

For nearly three centuries, the Hanover Tavern has been a part of events that transformed America from an English colony to an independent nation; where rebellion threatened that new nation and Civil War tore it asunder.   The owners, guests, and inhabitants of the Tavern have shaped the history of Hanover County, the Commonwealth of Virginia and, indeed, the United States.…

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A license for a tavern at Hanover Courthouse was issued in 1733. When William Parks, editor of the Virginia Gazette, purchased Hanover Tavern in 1743, it was part of a 550 acre plantation at the courthouse. Today, Hanover Tavern occupies a site consisting of 3.5 acres.

The Tavern was built in five stages and includes more than 12,000 square feet …

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On August 1st, 1953, six actors from New York bought Hanover Tavern. They founded Barksdale Theatre, the nation’s first dinner theatre, which they named after a deceased college friend.  They raised their families upstairs, performed downstairs, and served hearty meals in the historic rooms that fell between.
During the first six years, Pete and Nancy Kilgore along with …

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In 1990, the non-profit Hanover Tavern Foundation bought the Tavern and 3.5 acres from the Barksdale Theatre owners and began to raise the needed money to stabilize and restore the aging building. The Foundation’s goal was to restore, preserve and utilize the Tavern as an historical, educational, community and cultural resource center for the general public. After successful fundraising campaigns …

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