An evening at Soule's Tavern

Experience the days of Jane Austen in the finest inn in southwest Virginia - Sumptuous dining, elegant dance, and stories of life in Abingdon in the 1800s.

From 1803-1835, Soule's Tavern served as a civic and cultural center for the growing town of Abingdon. One of five taverns in town, Soule's Tavern was considered the finest, hosting elegant balls, sumptuous dining and even had a resident dance master to teach the latest steps! Innkeeper Rufus Soule and his wife Jane were known for their hospitality, hosting civic gatherings, town meetings and dignitaries such as Col. Andrew Jackson.

An evening at Soule's Tavern is a living history dinner theater intended to bring history to life through dining, dance and stories of life in Abingdon in early 1800's .

[10/13/17]   Tune in to WCYB, channel 5 at NOON for an interview with Rufus Soule.

An Evening at Soule's Tavern

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"The rifle company met at the court-house at 8 o'clock in the morning, and, after performing several evolutions and firing a number of rounds, marched to Captain Dixon's quarters, and fired three rounds, then to the eastern extremity of the town and did the same, then, returning to the court-house, were dismissed until ten o'clock, when they again assembled, at which period they were joined by Captain Mayo's company of infantry. After mustering through the town and performing several evolutions and firing, which occupied until one o'clock, they were marched to the camping ground at Piper's Spring, where they partook of an elegant dinner furnished by Mr. R. Soule." July 4th, 1812 Political Prospects, Abingdon, Virginia

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An evening at Soule's Tavern

The Warning Bell of Patriotism!

During the early 1800s, a tavern would be referred to as an 'ordinary' - an event hall that could be engaged for any public purpose. Soule's Tavern was often quite busy with fancy dress balls, live entertainers, or a place to rest your head, as well as church services, town meetings, and was even used as the courthouse while the new courthouse was under construction.

In 1812, our country was plunged again into war with England. Here we see the official notice published in Abingdon's newspaper, the 'Political Prospects', April 1812, of the town meeting that was to be the 'Warning Bell (tocsin) of Patriotism'. This was to be Abingdon's 'Call to Arms' for the War of 1812!

Won't you join us for an evening of dining, dancing, and history brought to life at Soule's Tavern?

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The Warning Bell of Patriotism!

During the early 1800s, a tavern would be referred to as an 'ordinary' - an event hall that could be engaged for any public purpose. Soule's Tavern was often quite busy with fancy dress balls, live entertainers, or a place to rest your head, as well as church services, town meetings, and was even used as the courthouse while the new courthouse was under construction.

In 1812, our country was plunged again into war with England. Here we see the official notice published in Abingdon's newspaper, the 'Political Prospects', April 1812, of the town meeting that was to be the 'Warning Bell (tocsin) of Patriotism'. This was to be Abingdon's 'Call to Arms' for the War of 1812!

Won't you join us for an evening of dining, dancing, and history brought to life at Soule's Tavern?

Tickets available online at ...
https://www.facebook.com/SoulesTavern/

'Dance Cards' (tickets) are now available online!

"By the turn of the 19th century, the towns enjoyed libraries, educational institutions, visiting theater troupes and dancing and singing schools. Dancing masters in these towns and others like them taught minuets, country dances, jigs, and reels to genteel youth and young men and women, along with discipline, manners and deportment." Spalding, Susan E. in 'Appalachian Dance' 2014.

Our resident dancing master wishes to inform you that dance cards are now available for reserve for our October 21st evening. The evening includes sumptuous dining, invigorating beverages (cash), and dance demonstrations and lessons. Please reserve your place as soon as possible as space is limited.

Rufus Soule, Prop.

"By the turn of the 19th century, the towns enjoyed libraries, educational institutions, visiting theater troupes and dancing and singing schools. Dancing masters in these towns and others like them taught minuets, country dances, jigs, and reels to genteel youth and young men and women, along with discipline, manners and deportment." Spalding, Susan E. in 'Appalachian Dance' 2014.

Our resident dancing master wishes to inform you that dance cards are now available for reserve for our October 21st evening. The evening includes sumptuous dining, invigorating beverages (cash), and dance demonstrations and lessons. Please reserve your place as soon as possible as space is limited.

Rufus Soule, Prop.

Opening a tavern in southwest Virginia in 1803 was no small task. Towns were springing up along the Great Valley Road that cut across Virginia, leading to the Wilderness Road heading west. The town of Abingdon was developing a reputation as a fine place to stop before heading through the Cumberland Gap and on to Nashville and the great Mississippi. Rufus and Jane arrived with high hopes to build a future and raise a family.

Get yourself ready for the evening by studying these 9 positions of the waltz. You never know when the moment grabs you and you just gotta dance!!

Rufus Soule, descendant of Mayflower pilgrim, George Soule, settled in Abingdon with his young wife, Jane. From about 1803-1837, Soule's Tavern provided the growing community of Abingdon, Virginia with sumptuous dining, lively entertainment, and a place for weary travelers to lay thier heads.

Rufus Soule, descendant of Mayflower pilgrim, George Soule, settled in Abingdon with his young wife, Jane. From about 1803-1837, Soule's Tavern provided the growing community of Abingdon, Virginia with sumptuous dining, lively entertainment, and a place for weary travelers to lay thier heads.

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Dancers from Lexington Vintage Dance with dance master Tim Lamm bringing history to life throuh dance.

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