Under the direction of Historical Architect Douglas J. Harnsberger, an extensive restoration and renovation program began in 1996 to preserve this important historic landmark. The Scope of Work for the project included repairs to the brick foundation requiring complete repointing of the brick work; the installation of a new brick ground-gutter drainage system, brick sidewalks and a granite curb; the restoration of the north porch; the repair of the windows and weatherboard siding; and exterior painting. Interior restoration and rehabilitation work included the addition of handicapped access to the building; plaster restoration and reconstruction; and carpentry repairs to the wood flooring; trim, and moldings.
Starting in December, 2003, crews installed a new heating and cooling system, refinished the heart-of-pine floors, added handicapped accessibility and returned the main entrance to the back of the Tavern. Restoration work began on the Barksdale Theatre, with nearly 200 of the original theatre seats restored. Performances at the theatre resumed in January, 2006, after a 10-year absence. The restaurant opened in July, 2005.