Dine with History at Michie Tavern in Charlottesville
There’s no doubt that Virginia is laden with a fascinating history, much of which can be experienced at historic sites, museums, and battlefields. But did you know that you can also immerse yourself in the cuisine of past times? Charlottesville, Virginia’s Michie Tavern “accommodated travelers with food, drink, and lodging more than 200 years ago. Today, visitors experience the Tavern’s past through a historical journey which recreates 18th-century tavern life” (Michie Tavern).
So, what can you expect to find at Michie Tavern?
- Colonial Midday Fare- The array of 18th century-inspired food is all included in the buffet. You’ll find chicken, pulled pork barbecue, mashed potatoes, cornbread, peach cobbler, hot mulled apple cider, and a wide array of wines and beers.
- Period Attire- Your tavern servers will be dressed in the traditional clothing of the 18th century, which adds to the depth and enjoyment of the experience.
- Self-guided tours- Having been established in 1784, there is quite a bit to explore at Michie Tavern. The tours take place in the oldest part of Michie Tavern from 9:00 am to 4:20 p.m. (If you’re short on time, try out the abbreviated 15-minute tour.)
- Shopping- Michie Tavern boasts a General Store, a gift shop, a clothier shop, and a metal smith shop for your perusal. You can also find their items online for purchase.
If you’re interested, Afton Mountain Bed and Breakfast offers a Monticello Tour Package that includes lunch at Michie Tavern along with a house tour of Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, breakfast at the inn, and dinner at a local restaurant.