Walking Tour of the Isle of Wight County Court House complex

Published 11:08 am Friday, March 11, 2016


Explore the heart of Isle of Wight County! At 10 a.m. on April 16, May 21, June 18, July 16, Aug. 20, Oct. 15 and Nov. 19, visitors to the Isle of Wight County Court House can enjoy a free walking tour.

The county’s past and present come together as guests explore this 19th, 20th and 21st century site noting its historic structures, the Confederate monument and the former bell tower.

Engaging tales of duels and notable court cases pepper the walk as well.

The one-hour tour begins and ends at Boykin’s Tavern.

Reservations are not required. Please wear comfortable walking shoes.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Boykin’s Tavern was named for Francis Boykin, who served as a lieutenant with Patrick Henry and later camped with George Washington at Valley Forge.

It is the only surviving structure associated with the Isle of Wight Courthouse of 1800.

Additionally, the tavern, which features architectural details that are rare in rural Virginia, played a significant role in both the Revolutionary War and Civil War.

Boykin’s Tavern is located at 17130 Monument Circle in Isle of Wight.

For further information, visit www.historicisleofwight.com or contact the Isle of Wight County Museum at 357-0115 or jengland@smithfieldva.gov.