Swan Tavern

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The Redland Club, site of the Old Swan Tavern, ca. 1916

Swan Tavern was the home of Jack Jouett.[1]

“In 1779 Charlottesville is described as having a ‘courthouse, one tavern, and about a dozen houses.’ The tavern was the Swan Tavern owned by John Jouett. His son, Jack Jouett, gained fame in 1781 by riding over 40 miles through the night from the Cuckoo Tavern in Luisa to warn Virginia legislators meeting in Charlottesville of approaching British cavalry. Among those who escaped were Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, Benjamin Harrison, John Tyler and Richard Henry Lee. The young Daniel Boone was one of seven captured and briefly detained.” (Submitted on May 2, 2009.) [2]

Local Voices, Local History

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  1. Web. Swan tavern, City of Charlottesville, retrieved 13 Feb 2012.
  2. https://www.hmdb.org/m.asp?m=18552

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