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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The King's Arms Tavern by Cynthia Howerter

The King's Arms Tavern in Colonial Williamsburg has been a favorite of patrons since Mrs. Jane Vobe established it in 1772 on Duke of Gloucester Street. The historic tavern still serves food much as it did when Williamsburg served as the bustling capital of the colony of Virginia.

The King's Arms Tavern in Colonial Williamsburg

A widow with a shrewd sense for business, Mrs. Vobe catered to the gentry class in Williamsburgthat is, people of financial means and importancejust down the street from the capitol building. Her conveniently located establishment, one of the capital's finest, offered excellent food, comfortable lodging, and a gracious ambiance. General George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were among the tavern's regular patrons.

Dried flower arrangements in a dining room

An advertisement that Mrs. Vobe placed in a newspaper encouraged people seeking food and lodging to look for the sign of the King's Arms in Williamsburg.

Sign on the sidewalk outside The King's Arms Tavern

In 1780, Virginia's capital moved from Williamsburg to Richmonda more central location for the large colony. As a result, the population and fortunes of Williamsburg declined and Mrs. Vobe's tavern saw a decrease in business. She sold The King's Arms Tavern in 1785 and relocated closer to the new capital.

Today, waiters dressed in eighteenth century clothing attend to the needs of diners while musicians and friendly colonists stroll through the dining rooms.

Strolling violinists play lively colonial tunes in The King's Arms dining rooms

If you've wondered what it's like to eat colonial-style food in an eighteenth century dining room while being serenaded by accomplished musicians, plan to visit The King's Arms Tavern in the heart of Colonial Williamsburg. And while you wait for your food to be served, close your eyes for a moment and imagine that George Washington and Thomas Jefferson are sitting at the table next to yours discussing Patrick Henry's latest fiery speech.

Photographs ©2016 Cynthia Howerter

Award-winning author Cynthia Howerter loves using her training in education, research, writing, and speaking to introduce people to a time in America that was anything but boring. A descendant of legendary Revolutionary War officer Colonel John Kelly and a member of the Daughters of the American revolution (DAR), history flows through Cynthia's veins.

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  1. I've sure enjoyed our visits to the Kings Arms, Cynthia! Thanks for the post!

  2. Our visits to the King's Arms Tavern are some of my most favorite memories, Carrie Fancett Pagels. We need to go again soon. :)

  3. Great post Cynthia!
    Maybe one day I will visit there.
    Blessings, Tina

    1. Thank you for the kind words, Mrs. Tina! I hope you get to visit - you will love it. :)

  4. Visiting Colonial Williamsburg is on my bucket list.

  5. Let me know when you do plan to visit, Pegg. I'd love to meet you!


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