Swann's Tavern 1670s

Swann's Tavern 1670s (HMB8Z)

Location: Williamsburg, VA 23185
Country: United States of America

N 37° 12.528', W 76° 46.623'

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. . . in ye sd Col Swanns Ordinary at James City.
Minutes of the General Court, 1677

Although councilman Colonel Thomas Swann resided across the James River at his Swann Point plantation, he also leased a Jamestown tavern that provided accommodations to colonists who attended the assembly and courts, or had business in town.

Documents and excavation of a large brick foundation identify this structure as possibly Col. Swann's tavern. The elongated four-room ground floor was typical of such establishments. An abundance of bottle glass and a brass spigot from casks of beer or cider stored in the cellar, provide additional evidence of such use.

Because Col. Swann, nicknamed "ye greate toad," advised the rebel Nathaniel Bacon, his Swann's Point plantation remained undamaged during Bacon's Rebellion. Charred timbers here, however, suggest that his tavern burned during the sack of Jamestown. Repaired by 1679, the tavern reopened to operate along with the dozen others in the town.
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HM NumberHMB8Z
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Placed ByColonial National Historic Park
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Date Added Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 at 6:39am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 342311 N 4119514
Decimal Degrees37.20880000, -76.77705000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 12.528', W 76° 46.623'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 12' 31.68" N, 76° 46' 37.38" W
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Area Code(s)757, 202
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1365 Colonial National Historic Pkwy, Williamsburg VA 23185, US
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