Michie Tavern

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Michie Tavern is an 18th-century hostelry originally located on Buck Mountain Road in the northern part of Albemarle County. The structure was disassembled and rebuilt at its present site near the city of Charlottesville between 1927 and 1928 by Mrs. Mark Henderson to serve as a museum for her collection of antique furniture, taking advantage of visitor traffic to nearby Monticello. This effort marked an early manifestation not only of American antiquarianism, but of Virginia’s tourism industry, an important aspect of the Virginia economy developed in the 1920s and spurred by increased leisure time and the proliferation of automobiles. The building is composed of several clearly identifiable sections: the oldest is the central tavern section, probably built ca 1772-1784 by William Michie.  An attached kitchen wing was likely built onto the tavern after the 1780s. In 1932 the relocated tavern was purchased by Milton L. Grigg, a noted restoration architect, who used the building as his office. For the past several decades the tavern, as well as various buildings since moved to or built on the property, has served as a museum and restaurant complex.  The Michie Tavern property is located within the Southern Albemarle Rural Historic District.
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Last Updated: June 9, 2024

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VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

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