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

Joseph Sanford's Inn & Tavern

Spotsylvania Court House National Historic District

Joseph Sanford's Inn & Tavern Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), April 18, 2020
1. Joseph Sanford's Inn & Tavern Marker
Joseph Farmer Sanford was born in 1819, the son of Lawrence Sanford and Apphia Farmer in Stafford County, Virginia. In 1835, he married Agnes I. M. Crawford of Orange, Virginia. His early career was that of the keeper of the U.S. Hotel in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

In 1853, he purchased the "Tavern Tract" from Lewis Rawlings and soon began operating Sanford's Tavern and Inn. Joseph and Agnew would have seven children of which five would live to adulthood. By 1860, Joseph's property holdings would be valued at $10,000 and he was also farming his vast acreage. Agnes died suddenly in 1859.

Joseph also oversaw the Courthouse, was the County jailor, and served as Overseer of the Poor. His loyalty to the Confederacy was unquestioned. When the conflict broke out in 1861, two sons, Joseph Jr. and Lawrence would join the Fredericksburg Artillery. Sanford suffered personally when Joseph Jr. was killed near Falling Waters, Maryland in September of 1862, during the Army of Northern Virginia's retreat from Antietam.

Stanford's Inn photographed in 1867. The corn crib, stables and barn
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are down the road. Note the rail fence and portico's on the side entrances no longer present.

Saford sold supplies and material to the Confederacy throughout the war.

Erected by Spotsylvania County Museum, County of Spotsylvania, Virginia.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureIndustry & CommerceWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Virginia, Spotsylvania County Museum series list. A significant historical month for this entry is September 1862.
Location. 38° 12.073′ N, 77° 35.382′ W. Marker is in Spotsylvania Courthouse, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker is at the intersection of Brock Road (County Road 613) and Courthouse Road (State Route 208), on the right when traveling east on Brock Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9064 Courthouse Rd, Spotsylvania VA 22553, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Tavern at the New Courthouse (here, next to this marker); A Tavern in the Midst of Battle (here, next to this marker); Samuel Alsop Jr. (here, next to this marker); An Ordinary on the Road to Snell (here, next to this marker); Time Passages (here, next to this marker); Lee’s Headquarters (a few steps from
Joseph Sanford's Inn & Tavern Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), April 18, 2020
2. Joseph Sanford's Inn & Tavern Marker
this marker); Chancellor's (within shouting distance of this marker); An Unexpected End to Life (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Spotsylvania Courthouse.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 18, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 18, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 310 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 18, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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