Travel back in time to the year 1784 at Michie Tavern, a Virginia Historic Landmark. Owned originally by Scotsman William Michie, the site served as the epicenter of social life in Earlysville, Virginia. The Tavern offered travelers food, drink and lodging before the Commonwealth of Virginia purchased it in 1910. The Tavern operated in Earlysville until 1927, when the current owner, Josephine Henderson, moved it to its present location, a half mile from Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's home.
Visiting Michie Tavern today feels much the same as it may have 200 years ago. Servers don period outfits and serve up both traditional southern cuisine and hospitality. Before or after dining, guests are invited to tour the oldest section of Michie Tavern to learn more about its history. In addition, guests can peruse any of four shops: the Tavern-Museum Shop, the Metal Smith Shop, the Clothier and the General Store.
Michie Tavern is open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with lunch ("midday fare" served from 11:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. April through October and 30 minutes later November through March. Self-guided tours are available from November through February, and interactive tours are offered March through October. Some of the Tavern's most popular dishes include southern fried chicken and hickory-smoked pork barbecue.