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088-0136 Andrews Tavern

Andrews Tavern
Photo credit: Dell Upton/DHR, 1975

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VLR Listing Date 04/20/1976

NRHP Listing Date 07/30/1976

NRHP Reference Number 76002121

Andrews Tavern in Spotsylvania County has served at various times as an ordinary, a school, a polling place, and a residence. The brick portion was built for Samuel Andrews soon after he reached his majority in 1815. Its fine masonry, simple but well-executed woodwork, and hall/parlor plan make it a model of the countrified Federal architecture of Piedmont Virginia. Andrews began his tavern business here when he added the frame wing ca. 1848. The Andrews Tavern building housed a U. S. post office from 1842 until 1862, then a Confederate post office until 1865. Andrews served as postmaster for both governments. It became a U. S. post office again in 1885 during the ownership of Horace Cammack. Although now a private residence, the tavern, with its complex of outbuildings, is a tangible reminder of institutions important to 19th-century rural life.

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

Updated: October 1, 2021