When it comes to a town’s place in history, nothing beats Gordonsville, which seems to take it quite literally. The historic town is uniquely nestled between the birthplace of the Constitution in Montpelier and the Declaration of Independence in Monticello. The town in Orange and Louisa Counties is also the heart of historic central Virginia. The charming southern city has galleries, quaint shops, well-received restaurants, and a noted Civil war Museum. It has, from the very beginning, served as an excellent stop for more than 250 waves of annual visitors. Gordonsville is a lovely place to visit, and even a lovelier place to be one’s home.
Exploring the city
Gordonsville and the rest of Virginia is an easy place to explore. There are at least 7 Amtrak north to south routes that slice the state. In addition to the routes, the daily Carinal line runs along Chicago, Charlottesville, and Washington DC. Greyhound buses reach a network of smaller towns. Tourists who have the time will find the opportunity for cycling, whether up in the mountains or on quiet country roads. Walking and hiking are also compelling options.
The Gordon’s Tavern, or at least what remains of it, is considered a national landmark. There are still a few inn in town that recreate the town’s 18th century feel. The Sleepy Hollow Farm is one good example. The country home reflects the state’s tradition of hospitality and warmth. The farmhouse features 2 suites and four bedrooms, all with air conditioning and private baths. The next morning a full country breakfast is served in its sunny dining room. The Wolf Trap Farm offers both bed and breakfast accommodations and vacation rentals. The house has a special bunk rooms for kids. The inn itself has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Book your Gordonsville Hotels with Reservations.com.
- Gordonsville was named after the landowner Nathaniel Gordon. He purchased a little less than 1,500 acres of land in 1787. He was granted a license to open a tavern, which catered to travelers of the Fredericksburgh Great Road.
- The tavern was initially called Gordon’s Tavern and was regarded much later as Gordon Inn. It became a well-furnished public house for many of the stagecoach passengers. Famous visitors include James Monroe, Thomas Jefferson, and George Washington.
- The Louisa Rail Road company was ushered into the settlement in 1839. Gordonsville became a center of trade for the farms and plantations dotting the countryside.
Best Dining Spots
The Lake Izac Tavern offers a scenic view of the Ben Lomond Manor House and Lake Izac. The restaurant provides patrons with a memorable dining experience in a country setting. Upon arrival, guests are offered with a piping hot cup of coffee or tea or even a glass of fresh orange juice. Tourists must try the cornflake crusted crispy French toast offered for breakfast. The combination of the hand cut rib eye steaks and crabs cakes make it a favorite gathering spot among locals. The Barbeque Exchange depicts a 37-year journey. The restaurant features hickory smoked pork belly, brisket, ribs, and slow roasted pork shoulders. Tourists must try the fried green tomatoes, baked beans, Brunswick Stew.