Raleigh Tavern, Bar Room
Interior of Raleigh Tavern's Bar Room, 1935. The Raleigh Tavern was the frequent scene of both jollity and consequence. Burned to the ground in 1859, it was reconstructed from published illustrations, insurance policies, and archaeology that uncovered most of the original foundations.
Among the furnishings, earthenware jugs (accession # 1930-305) stand atop the cupboard against the right wall of the room. Windsor armchairs (accession # 1930-64) surround a table in the center of the room. Interior furnishings and decor reflect curators' views in the 1930s as to how Williamsburg's historic interiors may have looked in the eighteenth century. Nevertheless, with new research advances over the years, the Raleigh Tavern's interiors have changed and evolved to reflect a more authentic and accurate view of each room's likely contents and arrangements.