Williamsburg, VA

You can eat the same food as the founding fathers at this Williamsburg tavern

Evie M.

Chowning's Tavern in Williamsburg, VirginiaPhoto byKen Lund on Flickr.com

Whether you've lived in Virginia your whole life, just got here, or are somewhere in between, there's no denying that if you really want to feel lose to the history of Virginia, Williamsburg is the place to go. As one of the most historic sites in the entire states and a well-known place tourists can visit for a genuine blast from the past, complete with people in period costumes, Wiliamsburg is the Mecca of Virginian history, Apparently, you can even eat the same food as the founding fathers once did.


I've lived in Virginia for years before and even worked in Williamsburg and had no idea this place existed, but Chowning's Tavern is very real, and seems super cool.

If you've ever been to Williamsburg, I'm sure you can get behind the description of it being a "living history museum". The site was once the capital of Virginia and played a significant role in the founding of the United States.

The town of Williamsburg was founded in 1699 and served as the capital of the Virginia Colony from 1699 to 1780. Many important figures in American history, including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Patrick Henry, visited or lived in Williamsburg during this time.

In the early 20th century, a group of wealthy philanthropists led by John D. Rockefeller Jr. began a project to restore and recreate Williamsburg's historic buildings and landmarks. The project was intended to preserve and celebrate the town's rich history and culture.

Today, Colonial Williamsburg is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United States, attracting millions of visitors each year. The site features dozens of historic buildings, reenactments of colonial life and events, and numerous museums and exhibits dedicated to the history of the American colonies. And then we have Chowning's Tavern.

Chowning's Tavern is a historic restaurant located in the heart of Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia. It was originally established in 1766 by Josiah Chowning as a public house where travelers could rest and eat while traveling through the Virginia Colony.

Today, Chowning's Tavern is part of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and serves traditional American colonial fare in a historic setting. The menu features dishes such as Brunswick stew, Virginia ham, and peanut soup, as well as a variety of craft beers, ciders, and wines.

The restaurant is housed in a restored 18th-century building and features period décor and furnishings, including a large fireplace and wooden tables and chairs. Visitors can enjoy their meals in the cozy dining room or outside in the charming garden courtyard.

Chowning's Tavern is a popular destination for tourists and history buffs, as well as locals looking to experience a taste of early American cuisine and hospitality. It is open daily for lunch and dinner, and reservations are recommended, especially during peak tourist seasons.

I honestly know where I'm headed as soon as I have the time. If you do go, make sure to bring enough cash, as it seems the menu prices change daily, though the cost is pretty mid-range in comparison to other restaurants in Williamsburg. Have you been to this amazing historic tavern? Let me know in the comments.

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