Hanover Tavern is at 13181 Hanover Courthouse Rd. This site was once a popular stagecoach stop for travelers journeying between Washington, D.C., and Williamsburg. The tavern was once home to Patrick Henry; it also was frequently visited by troops during both the Revolutionary War and the Civil War. Today the site includes gardens, a Coach House, a smokehouse and a self-guiding audio tour.
The present structure, built in 1791 after a fire destroyed the original building, has worn many hats over the years; the edifice has served as a boarding house for Civil War soldiers, as a post office and as a dance hall. The tavern also was the birthplace of the nation's first dinner theater, the Barksdale Theatre. It merged with Theatre IV in 2012 to become the Virginia Repertory Theatre.
Guided tours are available. Food is available.