Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Harry M. Ward

Second Advisor

Dr. John Rilling

Third Advisor

Dr. Hugh West


Richmond's taverns provided food, drink and lodging to travelers. They also served as vital community links for various pastimes, such as gambling, but also expanded their sphere of influence during the nineteenth century by providing spaces for auctions and sales, as well as theatrical and musical performances. An examination of contemporary travelers' accounts, as well as newspapers, wills, insurance reports and legislative documents provided an in-depth portrait of the taverns' importance to the city. The development of numerous taverns in Richmond paralleled the city's prominence as the new capital city of Virginia, and preceded the rapid growth Richmond would experience in the nineteenth century.

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