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

Butts Tavern

Butts Tavern Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, May 9, 2009
1. Butts Tavern Marker
Inscription.  According to local tradition, the first court meeting for newly formed Greensville County occurred in Butts Tavern two blocks east on 22 Feb. 1781. Built about 1770 at the intersection of Fort Christianna and Halifax Roads for William Edwards, the tavern was named for John Butts, who owned it early in the 19th century. By midcentury, the tavern was either remodeled or enlarged to become a Greek Revival-style frame dwelling. After the Civil War, Sallie W. Reese operated the Belfield Seminary for Young Ladies and Children there between 1877 and 1891. While undergoing restoration, the building was damaged by fire on 10 Feb. 1965. The ruins were demolished in 1968.
Erected 1999 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number UM-51.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureColonial EraGovernment & PoliticsIndustry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Department of Historic Resources series list. A significant historical date for this entry is February 22, 1781.
Location. 36° 41.533′ 
North Main Street (facing north) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, May 9, 2009
2. North Main Street (facing north)
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N, 77° 32.388′ W. Marker is in Emporia, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of North Main Street (U.S. 301) and Virginia Avenue, on the right when traveling north on North Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Emporia VA 23847, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fearnought (a few steps from this marker); John Day (within shouting distance of this marker); Hicksford Raid (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Emporia Railroad History (approx. 0.2 miles away); Tarleton's Movements (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hicksford Raid Monument (approx. Ό mile away); Shiloh Baptist Church (approx. Ό mile away); Emporia – Greensville Veteran War Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Emporia.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 10, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 13, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,202 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 13, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.

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Aug. 19, 2022