“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Philomont in Loudoun County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

White Pump Drovers Tavern

White Pump Drovers Tavern Marker image. Click for full size.
By T. Elizabeth Renich, May 31, 2015
1. White Pump Drovers Tavern Marker
Inscription. The stone farmhouse just east on Colchester Road operated as a tavern in the late 1790s. By 1800, it was known as the White Pump Drovers Tavern. Drovers moved animals such as sheep, cattle, and hogs along roadways to markets. Colchester was the Fairfax County seaport, predating Alexandria.

On November 30, 1864, Union General Wesley Merritt bivouacked here during his Loudoun Valley barn-burning raid, and local farmer John Dillon provided Merritt's soldiers with two barrels of hard cider. Dillon's barn didn't get burned.

Wagons stopped at the Tavern as late as 1915.
Erected by Snickersville Turnpike Association.
Location. 39° 4.354′ N, 77° 45.327′ W. Marker is near Philomont, Virginia, in Loudoun County. Marker is at the intersection of Snickersville Turnpike (Virginia Route 734) and Colchester Road (Virginia Route 730), on the right when traveling north on Snickersville Turnpike. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Purcellville VA 20132, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Round Oak Rag Apple Elevation (approx. 1.4 miles away); Battle of Unison (approx. 1.4 miles away); Bushrod Lynn (approx. 2.2 miles away); Hibbs Bridge (approx. 3 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Unison (approx. 3.3 miles away); Goose Creek Friends Oakdale School (approx. 4.3 miles away); Goose Creek Historic District (approx. 4.3 miles away); Goose Creek Friends 1765 Meeting House (approx. 4.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Philomont.
Also see . . .  Snickersville Turnpike Association. (Submitted on June 1, 2015.)
Categories. Industry & CommerceRoads & VehiclesWar, US Civil
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by T. Elizabeth Renich of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 237 times since then and 25 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on , by T. Elizabeth Renich of Leesburg, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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