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“[James Robinson] is a good deal of a public man, and does more business than most people,” Albert Flagler, one of Robinson’s neighbors, said in 1872.

During an oral history interview in 1982, Oswald Robinson, James Robinson’s great grandson, recalled that his great grandfather once operated a drover’s tavern on the Robinson farm. Situated as it was on the busy Warrenton Turnpike, Robinson’s tavern provided weary livestock drovers, stagecoach drivers, and farmers traveling to market with lodging and a hearty meal.

Some of the Robinson Papers discovered when the fire-damaged Robinson house was dismantled support Oswald Robinson’s recollections and indicate numerous occasions between 1850 and 1851 when James Robinson purchased items that may have been used to serve his tavern guests. 

  (illustration) Map showing drover's tavern. Click for full map.
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(photo) Horseshoe, spur and other items found near the tavern site.

Map shows the tavern's placement. Click image for full map.

Livestock-related items found near the tavern site.