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Wren’s Tavern

 
 
Wren's Tavern Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, September 12, 2007
1. Wren's Tavern Marker
Inscription.  Famous ordinary believed to be part of Federal-style mansion built on 145 acres bought for $291 in 1787 by James Wren (part of 1742 208-acre G. Harrison grant). Lying north of Alexandria-Leesburg Rolling Road, tavern operated 1789-1815 under James and To 1821 under son John. It was visited by Thomas Jefferson enroute to his presidential inauguration in 1801, as well as by James Madison fleeing from the British in 1814. Wren was architect of The Falls Church, Ponick Church, Christ Church Fairfax Courthouse. Col. Wren served in the Revolution and as Fairfax Commissioner of Tax, Sheriff, and Justice of the Peace.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureIndustry & CommerceRoads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #03 Thomas Jefferson, the Former U.S. Presidents: #04 James Madison, and the Virginia, City of Falls Church series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1787.
 
Location. 38° 52.708′ N, 77° 9.927′ W. Marker is in Falls Church, Virginia. Marker is on East Broad Street
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(State Highway 7). Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Falls Church VA 22046, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Turnpike Tollgate (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Birch House (about 500 feet away); Jefferson Institute (about 600 feet away); Dulin Methodist Church (about 700 feet away); Falls Church High School (FCHS) Site (approx. 0.2 miles away); Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Tallwood (approx. ¼ mile away); Home Hill (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Falls Church.
 
Wren's Tavern Site with Marker beside East Broad Street image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, September 12, 2007
2. Wren's Tavern Site with Marker beside East Broad Street
Wren’s Tavern Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, October 3, 2015
3. Wren’s Tavern Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 10, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 8, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 3,232 times since then and 184 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 8, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3. submitted on October 5, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana.

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