Raleigh Tavern, Daphne Dining Room

Title

Raleigh Tavern, Daphne Dining Room

Subject

Block 17. Building 06.
Raleigh Tavern (Williamsburg, Va.)
Historic buildings -- Virginia -- Williamsburg
Taverns (Inns) -- Virginia -- Williamsburg
Furniture -- Virginia -- Williamsburg

Description

Interior of the Raleigh Tavern's Daphne dining room, 1935. The Daphne Room at the Raleigh Tavern was the frequent scene of both jollity and consequence. Dinners and dances rivaled in elegance those at the Palace and burgesses reconvened at the tavern when they were dissolved by royal governors prior to the Revolution. Burned to the ground in 1859, the tavern was reconstructed from published illustrations, insurance policies, and archaeology that uncovered most of the original foundations.

Interior furnishings and decor reflect curators' views in the 1930s as to what Williamsburg's historic interiors may have looked like in the eighteenth century. Nevertheless, with new research findings evolving over the years, the Raleigh Tavern's interior furnishings have changed to reflect a more authentic and accurate view of each room's likely contents and arrangements. In anticipation of guests' needs, a bottle case or cellaret (accession # 1930-58) is featured to the left of the fireplace. Cellarets functioned as portable wine cellars for holding wine and bottled spirits at mealtimes.  Above the fireplace hangs a painting entitled Imaginary Landscape (accession #1931.101.3), a gift of Abby Aldrich Rockefeller.

Creator

Lincoln, F.S.

Date

1935

Date Created

1935

Rights

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Format

jpeg

Type

Image

Identifier

LC326P2

Rights Holder

Special Collections, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library, The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

Original Format

Gelatin or collodian printing out paper with platinum toning, mounted on board

Physical Dimensions

8x10 inches

Files

LC326P2.jpg

Citation

Lincoln, F.S., “Raleigh Tavern, Daphne Dining Room,” John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, accessed July 22, 2019, https://rocklib.omeka.net/items/show/149.