West End of Great Room : Market Square Tavern

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West End of Great Room : Market Square Tavern


Market Square Tavern (Williamsburg, Va.)
Taverns (Inns) - Virginia - Williamsburg
Historic buildings - Virginia - Williamsburg
Furniture - Virginia - Williamsburg
Block 12. Building 13.


Lantern slide featuring photo taken by F.S. Lincoln of the west end of the Great Room, Market Square Tavern, in 1935. It is the twenty-seventh slide in a set produced by the Pacific Stereopticon Co. of Los Angeles, California, now defunct, to illustrate the story of Dr. W.A.R. Goodwin's dream to restore a portion of Williamsburg, Virginia to its 18th-century appearance as a shrine to early American ideals.

The original tavern structure burned down in 1859 but the remains of the original foundations allowed for the restoration of the building to its eighteenth-century appearance. John Dixon constructed the original around 1749 and used it as a combination dwelling and shop. Later additions allowed the building to be converted into a tavern operated first by Thomas Craig and later by Gabriel Maupin.

After its restoration in the early 1930s, guests at Colonial Williamsburg could rent rooms in the tavern to experience some colonial ambiance. The Great Room served as a gathering spot for conversations, games, and special occasions. Its focal point is a large round table encircled by Windsor chairs. A desk, high chest of drawers, side table, armchair, and ladder-back side chair complete the furnishings.


Lincoln, F.S.


Pacific Stereopticon Co.



Is Part Of

Pacific Stereopticon Company Lantern Slide Collection







Rights Holder

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

Still Image Item Type Metadata

Original Format

Lantern slide

Physical Dimensions

2 x 3 inches


Lincoln, F.S., “West End of Great Room : Market Square Tavern,” John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, accessed July 12, 2024, https://rocklib.omeka.net/items/show/573.