Eighteenth century taverns were not only a place to drink a pint of ale, they were meeting places, where people gathered to hear the latest news, talk politics and visit with their friends. For a few more coins, a meal could be bought, although maybe lacking in quantity and flavor. . .Most taverns also had sleeping quarters upstairs, where travelers could rest overnight. . .again for a price. . .
Our so called 'Tavern' is actually a small dining area, located in the main room of Heil House. . .We fondly call it a tavern. . .It reminds us of the times John and I frequented the ones in Colonial Williamsburg after a long day's work. . .still in costume. . .We played the part well. . .
It's hard to believe that only a month ago this room had very little furniture or accessories. . .John and a friend took a truck load of antiques up from the farm in early December and I followed to spend a few weeks arranging it. . .I painted furniture, moved heavy cupboards, arranged and rearranged. . .visited local markets for a few accessories. . .but took most from our collections. . .The handmade prim cabinet was bought ten years ago in Jackson, TN and is at least 100 years old. . .There are vintage barrels and wooden boxes, Windsor chairs, burlap bags filled with supplies for the winter. . .The table is set with pewter from Virginia, redware from the Eastern states, candlesticks bought at the Greenhow Store in Colonial Williamsburg, and hand-blown wine bottles from Jamestown. . .John's powder horn and leather bag hang from the pegboard. . .
I love this photo of the 'tavern' at night. . .Do you not feel transported back with us to the 18th century? . .Exactly what we envisioned. . .
I'll be sharing our progress at Heil House often this year. . .as we transform our second home into the colonial era. . .