Hanover Tavern
Tavern Museum, Fine Dining, and Home to the Barksdale Theater

For almost two centuries, Hanover Tavern provided meals and lodging to those having business before the Hanover County courts. The Tavern served as post office for the area from the 1790s until 1911. Until Rural Free Delivery was introduced early in the twentieth century, residents from miles around viewed the Tavern as a community center as they came to the Tavern to pick up their mail and hear the neighborhood gossip.

The Tavern is one of only a few surviving colonial-era taverns in the United States. It has hosted such historic figures as George Washington, Lord Cornwallis, and the Marquis de Lafayette.

For the past 300 years, weary travellers could stop at Hanover Tavern for a refreshing drink and a hearty meal. Today, the tradition continues as the Tavern serves up Southern hospitality, unique drinks, and exquisite cuisine.

Founded in 1953 at Hanover Tavern, the nationally-recognized Barksdale Theatre is the oldest continually-operating dinner theatre in America. Performing today in our modern 155-seat Bradley Theater, Barksdale offers a varied selection of plays each year at the restored Tavern. The Tavern website provides information on the performance dates and times.

13181 Hanover Courthouse Road
Hanover, VA 23069
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