Centreville in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
For Dining, Drinking and Lodging
William Carr Lane established the Newgate Tavern ca. 1768 on what was then a main route to the west. In the early 1800s, the tavern (renamed the Eagle Tavern) had a hallway and four spacious rooms on the first floor and large chambers above. A cellar extended below the entire length of the tavern.
The tavern keepers offered lodging, dining, drinking, and entertainment. George Washington dined here several times while traveling. Accommodations were advertised in newspapers when local events attracted crowds of visitors, such as for religious revival meetings and horse races sponsored by the Centreville Jockey Club. Balls were held at the tavern “with the best music that can be had” to attract customers.
Business transactions were conducted at the tavern, including the auctioning of land and slaves. In 1848, commissioners held an auction of “several valuable slaves of both sexes” before the front door of the tavern.
The county court regulated the allowable rates that could be charged at taverns. In 1816, a tavern keeper could charge 25 cents for one nightís lodging on clean sheets, 75 cents for a warm dinner with cider, and 75 cents for a quart of peach brandy.
Location. 38° 50.413′ N, 77° 25.736′ W. Marker is in Centreville, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker is at the intersection of Braddock Road (Virginia Route 620) and Mt Gilead Road, on the left when traveling west on Braddock Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Centreville VA 20120, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Convicts and Slaves (here, next to this marker); Archaeology at Newgate Tavern (here, next to this marker); Old Stone Church (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); St. Johnís Episcopal Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mount Gilead Historic Site (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Place on the High Ground (approx. 0.2 miles away); Centreville, Virginia (approx. 0.3 miles away); Civil War Fortifications (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Centreville.
Regarding Newgate Tavern. The background of the marker displays a photo captioned A photo postcard image showing Newgate Tavern, ca. 1900. Courtesy Library of Congress. On the lower left of the marker is a photo captioned Historic American Buildings Survey photograph of Newgate Tavern prior to ca. 1936 demolition. Courtesy Library of Congress.
Also see . . . Centrevilleís Newgate Tavern receives interpretive signs. Centre View article about marker. (Submitted on January 15, 2014.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 5, 2013. This page has been viewed 401 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on January 15, 2014. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.