Hospitality and Entertainment


Richard Arell (Arrell; Arrol; 1719-1796) of Pennsylvania came to Alexandria, Va., sometime before July 1762 and worked for a time as a merchant, before becoming an innkeeper there. GW frequently ... Read More

Mercy Chew owned a tavern in Alexandria, Virginia, with her husband Joseph Chew.

James Marshall had a tavern in Piscataway, Prince George's County, Maryland. This may be the same Mr. Marshall in GW's 1762 Cash Account (see Ledger A, 145).

GW supplied Marshall ... Read More

Christopher Ayscough and his wife Anne ran a tavern in Williamsburg on Francis Street near the capitol. Christopher announced the opening of the tavern in the 6 Oct. 1768 issue of The Virginia ... Read More

William Courts kept an inn, commonly called the Stone House, at the ferry landing in Colchester, Virginia. GW occasionally dined at the inn.

In late 1772, Courts owed GW 16 shillings and ... Read More

In the 1760s William Parker, a planter and justice of the peace, ran an ordinary in his house in Caroline County, Virginia.

William Bayly (1715-1782), an original settler of Colchester in the late 1750s, operated a tavern there. He later became the proprietor of the Colchester tobacco warehouse.

Thomas Dansie ran an ordinary on the Pamunkey River in Virginia, and GW often stopped there when he was traveling between Mount Vernon and Williamsburg. Dansie also had a wharf on the King William ... Read More

On 21 May 1799 William Tunnicliff, who had been operating the Eastern Branch Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue between 8th and 9th streets, S.E., announced the opening of his Washington City Hotel near ... Read More

Bryan Bruin lived in Winchester. In 1771 he put up for sale 20,000 acres of land lying mostly in Frederick and Hampshire counties.

Between 1796 and 1808, English immigrant John Gadsby (c.1766-1844) ran a tavern called Gadsby's tavern, which was located on the corner of Royal and Cameron streets in Alexandria. The tavern ... Read More

Jane Vobe (died c.1789) operated a well-furnished tavern in Williamsburg on Waller Street near the theater, and according to a traveler who had stopped there four years earlier, it was a place “ ... Read More

Philip Bush (c.1733–1812) was a merchant in Winchester who had an ordinary in the town. Bush sometimes provided supplies for the Virginia Regiment. He also owned Upper Ferry in the 1760s.

Benjamin Grayson (died c.1768) ran a mercantile business in Colchester that he had recently inherited from his father Benjamin Grayson (d. 1757). On 19 Sept. 1764 Grayson was granted a license by ... Read More

Charles West operated an ordinary in Loudoun County, Virginia.

Joseph Chew, who with his wife Mercy Chew operated a tavern in Alexandria.

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