Inscription. Site of old Swan Tavern where lived and died Jack Jouett, whose heroic ride saved Mr. Jefferson, the Governor, and the Virginia Assembly from capture by Tarleton June 1781.
By J. J. Prats, June 15, 2008
|1. Site of Old Swan Tavern Marker|
|The sign below the brass tablet reads “Court Square Site of Swan Tavern. After 1773.”|
Erected 1910 by the Monticello Branch of the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities.
Location. 38° 1.892′ N, 78° 28.626′ W. Marker is in Charlottesville, Virginia. Marker is on Park Street north of Jefferson Street, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. It is on the wall of the building, across from the courthouse. Marker is in this post office area: Charlottesville VA 22902, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Historic Courthouse Square (a few steps from this marker); Jack Jouett’s Ride (within shouting distance of this marker); Watering Fountains (within shouting distance of this marker); Monticello (within shouting distance of this marker); Albemarle Confederate Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Gen. Alexander Archer Vandegrift (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Paul Goodloe McIntire (about 400 feet away); Stone Tavern and Central Hotel (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Charlottesville.
More about this marker.
The facts on this marker may be incorrect. A marker in Kentucky (see related markers list, next) says Jack Jouett died there.
By J. J. Prats, June 15, 2008
|2. Building at the Site of Old Swan Tavern|
|Marker is on the wall of the building that replaced the tavern.|
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
Also see . . .
1. Site of the Swan Tavern. “The old Swan Tavern fell down in the summer of 1832, and was replaced by the brick structure on the site today.” (Submitted on May 2, 2009.)
2. The Redland Club, site of the Old Swan Tavern. “In 1779 Charlottesville is described as having a ‘courthouse, one tavern, and about a dozen houses.’ The tavern was the Swan Tavern owned by John Jouett. His son, Jack Jouett, gained fame in 1781 by riding over 40 miles through the night from the Cuckoo Tavern in Luisa to warn Virginia legislators meeting in Charlottesville of approaching British cavalry. Among those who escaped were Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, Benjamin Harrison, John Tyler and Richard Henry Lee. The young Daniel Boone was one of seven captured and briefly detained.” (Submitted on May 2, 2009.)
Additional keywords. General Sir Banastre Tarleton, 1st Baronet GCB (1754–1833), “The Green Dragoon,” commander of the British Legion.
Credits. This page originally submitted on May 2, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,494 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 2, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.
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