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Heathsville in Northumberland County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Rice’s Hotel, Hughlett’s Tavern

 
 
Rice’s Hotel, Hughlett’s Tavern Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 30, 2009
1. Rice’s Hotel, Hughlett’s Tavern Marker
Inscription. Originally known as Hughlett’s Tavern, this building, located behind the courthouse, served visitors to court for more than 150 years. John Hughlett erected the original portion of the tavern before 1795. Griffin H. Foushee, who purchased it in 1824, significantly enlarged it. John Rice, bought it in 1866 and the Rice family enlarged the building and operated it as a hotel until the 1920s when they converted it to apartments. Donated to the Northumberland County Historical Society by the Rice family in 1990, Rice’s Hotel / Hughlett’s Tavern is one of the few surviving structures of its type in Virginia.
 
Erected 1998 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number O-60.)
 
Location. 37° 55.063′ N, 76° 28.349′ W. Marker is in Heathsville, Virginia, in Northumberland County. Marker is on Northumberland Highway (U.S. 360) just west of Courthouse Road (Virginia Route 201), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in front of the courthouse. Marker is in this post office area: Heathsville VA 22473, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Freedom for Slaves of Robert Carter III (a few steps from this marker); Northumberland County Confederate Monument
Rice’s Hotel, Hughlett’s Tavern Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 30, 2009
2. Rice’s Hotel, Hughlett’s Tavern Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); Northumberland Courthouse Square (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Stephen’s Parish (approx. 0.2 miles away); John Heath (approx. 0.4 miles away); Northumberland House and Mantua (approx. 1.4 miles away); British Raids on the Coan River (approx. 2.1 miles away); Coan Baptist Church (approx. 2.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Heathsville.
 
Also see . . .  RHHT History. “Like other courthouse taverns in Virginia during the colonial era and later, patrons came because of the proximity of the courthouse. When the court sat at Northumberland’s courthouse, across the road from RHHT, judges, lawyers and their clients, court clerks, sequestered jurors, and, members of the press sought food, drink, and shelter at the nearby tavern. When the tavern expanded into a hotel in the 1830s, transients continued to come, along with traveling salesmen, teamsters, steamboat passengers, and truck drivers. Leila Palmer Sandy, whose aunt Leila Palmer Rice and her husband, J. G. Rice, Sr., were
Rice’s Hotel / Hughlett’s Tavern image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 30, 2009
3. Rice’s Hotel / Hughlett’s Tavern
proprietors of the hotel from 1909 until the mid‑1930s, remembers visiting the hotel as a child. ‘Most of my aunt’s guests were traveling salesmen,’ she says. ‘As a rule local people did not go to the hotel for meals. My aunt catered mostly to traveling people.’ ” (Submitted on September 24, 2009.) 
 
Additional keywords. RHHT
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
Northumberland County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 30, 2009
4. Northumberland County Courthouse
The Hotel / Tavern is directly behind the courthouse.
Former Northumberland County Jail image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 30, 2009
5. Former Northumberland County Jail
The jail is to the right of Rice’s Hotel / Hughlett’s Tavern.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 24, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,231 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 24, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.
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