North Downtown in 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.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Revolutionary.
Location. 38° 1.892′ N, 78° 28.626′ W. Marker is in North Downtown in Charlottesville, Virginia. Marker is on Park Street north of Jefferson Street, on the right when traveling north. It is on the wall of the building, across from the courthouse. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Charlottesville VA 22902, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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 Thomas Jonathan Jackson (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Gen. Alexander Archer Vandegrift (about 400 feet away); Paul Goodloe McIntire (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in North Downtown.
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.
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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 was last revised on April 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 2, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 2,087 times since then and 64 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 2, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.