Charlottesville, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Site of Old Swan Tavern
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); Thomas Jonathan Jackson Sculpture (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Gen. Alexander Archer Vandegrift (about 400 feet away); Paul Goodloe McIntire (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Charlottesville.
More The facts on this marker may be incorrect. A marker in Kentucky (see related markers list, next) says Jack Jouett died there.
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.”
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.”
Additional keywords. General Sir Banastre Tarleton, 1st Baronet GCB (1754–1833), “The Green Dragoon,” commander of the British Legion.
Categories. • War, US Revolutionary •
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