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071-0060 Yates Tavern

Yates Tavern
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VLR Listing Date 11/19/1974

NRHP Listing Date 12/19/1974

NPS property number 74002143

A key landmark in Virginia’s vernacular architecture, Yates Tavern illustrates the translation of the 17th-century Tidewater hall/parlor house form into 19th-century upland building forms. Its two-room plan, exterior end chimney, and corner stair are features common to both regions in both period. Particularly interesting is the eight inch jetty, or overhang, at the second floor level, a detail common in early New England but unique in Virginia. The jetty probably resulted from an early remodeling which placed a full second story upon the existing framing of a box cornice. The construction date is uncertain but a court order of 1788 mentioning “Yates’s Old House” may refer to the present building. Samuel Yates, bought a license in 1818 “to keep a house of public entertainment where he now resides.” The tavern was restored by Pittsylvania County as a Bicentennial project.

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

Updated April 4, 2018