Welcome to an almost daily peek at our beautiful Williamsburg, Virginia which includes the "Historic Triangle" consisting of Colonial Williamsburg -the world’s largest living history museum- Yorktown and Jamestown.

March 31, 2011

Red Lion Inn, Colonial Williamsburg, Williamsburg, Virginia

The Red Lion Inn on Duke of Gloucester Street in Colonial Williamsburg is a beautiful brick structure with a wall surrounding its garden area.  Its sign is neatly nestled in the branches of a live oak tree. Although it was one of the first "publick houses" in Williamsburg, unfortunately, its distance from the capitol made it less than profitable during colonial times. Historical research reveals it likely had a billiard room at the rear at one time and, due to litigation, in the 18th century, drawings and other information about the property are available.

It is a private residence and not open to the public.


J_on_tour@jayzspaze said...

Classic building. Nice to see the sign is still there despite being a private residence. Great photos as always.

Leif Hagen said...

Such a grand, regal building! Nice to catch up on your blog again this morning!

Bernideen said...

I just found your blog via Lavender Cottage to you....I was born in Hampton in l949 and graduated from York High at Yorktown on Rt 17 in l966! I have been to all these places you show. In fact - as a child it was all FREE and even through high school. After that..change of course. My parents and 2 sisters live in Gloucester. My one sister graduated from W & M and teaches middle school at Peasley in Gloucester.

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Tara said...

Apparently, Francis Sharp(e), my oldest confirmed ancestor owned and operated the tavern in the early 1700s. I have not been able to find out who his father was or where he came from. Thanks for the pictures of the tavern!

David R Ellis said...
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David R Ellis said...

My wife and I have purchased a house whose facade is a meticulous reproduction of the Red Lion Inn. Built in 1970, all the interior paint and wall coverings are authentic, but are skewed greatly to 1970 decorating preferences (think gold...everywhere). Is there a record of the original color choices?

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