Boyd Tavern

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Boyd Tavern is a 19th century structure in Albemarle County listed on the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places. It was listed on the VLR on September 17, 2009 and the National Register on November 12, 2009. [1]

Narrative from Virginia Landmarks Registry

"Albemarle County’s Boyd Tavern served travelers along Three Notch'd Road from circa 1825 to 1937. The current building likely was constructed between 1825 and 1840 on the site of an earlier tavern that was built around 1750 for Thomas Jefferson’s brother-in-law, Col. Charles L. Lewis. Among notable patrons who visited the earlier tavern, known as Watson’s Ordinary, were Jefferson, the Marquis de Lafayette, and Daniel Boone. In 1802 Thomas and Mary Boyd rented the tavern, then purchased it in 1812, operating it for nearly 50 years and establishing a store and post office. In the mid-1800s, the property was sold to the Shepherd family, who renamed it Shepherd’s Inn and maintained its popularity as a rest-stop, and general store. After 1937 the building was converted to a private residence."

Stagecoach stop

The Charlottesville Stage

Starting on April 28, 1826, The Charlottesville Stage “commenced running three times a week." According to a front page notice in the the Richmond Enquirer, the stage "will leave Richmond on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, at 4 o’clock, a.m."..."The stage will leave Charlottesville the same day at 4 o’clock, p.m. Stop during the night at Mrs. Boyd’s, and arrive the next evening at Richmond." [2]

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  1. Web. 002-0085 Boyd Tavern, Virginia Landmarks Register, April 4, 2018, retrieved January 18, 2020.
  2. Richmond Enquirer

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