In 2017, I wrote a post, “The Mine Run Campaign Comes to Locust Grove,” that offered historical and modern views of the former Robinson’s Tavern intersection along modern Route 20. Today, a reader responding to that post expressed disappointment that I didn’t include a modern image of Robinson’s Tavern itself. I told him I’d try to get one up later today, so here it is:
The building, which dates back to circa. 1814, used to sit next to the Orange Turnpike.
In this photo (above), which comes from the Orange County Historical Society, the state historical marker stands in the front yard of the building. The tavern’s old well is visible behind it immediately to the right in the photo.
The building’s prime location at the intersection (above) made it desirable for development. In 1994, the tavern was moved about 250 yards north in order to make room for a store on the corner. The area has since grown into a small shopping area that consists of a couple strips malls.
Today, the tavern little resembles the structure that George Gordon Meade used as his temporary headquarters when he first arrived on the battlefield on November 27, 1863—but the building does still exist.
(Now time for the shameless plug:) For more on the history of Robinson’s Tavern, check out my new book on the Mine Run Campaign, The Great Battle Never Fought, available on Amazon and from publisher Savas Beatie.
The second and third photos are both courtesy of the Orange County Historical Society.