Historic tavern draws interest but no...

Historic tavern draws interest but no sale

There are 40 comments on the Hampton Roads Daily Press story from Apr 13, 2008, titled Historic tavern draws interest but no sale. In it, Hampton Roads Daily Press reports that:

Maybe it's the location. Maybe it's the slumping economy. Seawell's Ordinary Restaurant and Tavern - historic Colonial haunt and one-time temporary headquarters of the commander of Virginia's militia - has been ...

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Lgttch

Williamsburg, VA

#1 Apr 14, 2008
A story like this demands a picture or two or more of the building. Digital cameras are inexpensive and practically fool-proof. Every reporter ought to carry one. This is the digital age, DP, get into it.

“Anglo-Saxon-Iber es-Gaelic-”

Since: Mar 08

Emerald Isle, N.C. Kiawah

#3 Apr 14, 2008
Good timing there Matt!
I wonder if the Historical Society will ever purchase this wonderful site?
Preservation for remaining sites seems to be on the rise.
Thanks for remembering Sewell's Ordinary Matt.
Oh_please

Portsmouth, VA

#4 Apr 14, 2008
Tear it down and build another Walmart.

“Jacob's Sookie”

Since: Nov 07

Hamilton,Va SOBX

#5 Apr 14, 2008
Oh_please wrote:
Tear it down and build another Walmart.
That little snippet was rude.
You must not care for history.
Hungry

Cedar Hill, TX

#6 Apr 14, 2008
Oh_please wrote:
Tear it down and build another Walmart.
How about a Red Lobster and Olive Garden? It would be a lot closer than those on Jefferson Ave.
Tyrone

United States

#7 Apr 14, 2008
I would love to see someone purchase this fine property and restore it so that others may enjoy it in the future! I care about history and like a mind, this would be a terrible thing to waste!

“Jacob's Sookie”

Since: Nov 07

Hamilton,Va SOBX

#8 Apr 14, 2008
bubba hungry?
What about the historical values of Sewell's Ordinary?
Sit on the front porch there MO and it might bring in a buyer.

“Jacob's Sookie”

Since: Nov 07

Hamilton,Va SOBX

#9 Apr 14, 2008
SCYTHIAN-HANOVERIANS wrote:
Good timing there Matt!
I wonder if the Historical Society will ever purchase this wonderful site?
Preservation for remaining sites seems to be on the rise.
Thanks for remembering Sewell's Ordinary Matt.
Nick Zimmerman did the artice. Sorry there.

“Jacob's Sookie”

Since: Nov 07

Hamilton,Va SOBX

#10 Apr 14, 2008
Hungry wrote:
<quoted text>
How about a Red Lobster and Olive Garden? It would be a lot closer than those on Jefferson Ave.
Olive Garden in Williamsburg is not that far. Hungry, MO.

Since: Mar 08

Location hidden

#11 Apr 14, 2008
Gae,
I think it has become customary for owners of historic property to be asked to 'donate' the
property first (in exchange for large tax credits...) and then to buy it, if the county is interested in it......

I think there was a committee started this year to make a list of those sites considered 'historically valuable' to the county......don't remember who/if the committee was......can anyone help with the location of the committee? if it exists?

I have seen other cities/counties give large tax credits for the 'preservation' of these types of sites.

I'm sure there will also be comments/contributions on the merits of federal historic classification?

“Anglo-Saxon-Iber es-Gaelic-”

Since: Mar 08

Emerald Isle, N.C. Kiawah

#12 Apr 15, 2008
Cymru Am Byth wrote:
Gae,
I think it has become customary for owners of historic property to be asked to 'donate' the
property first (in exchange for large tax credits...) and then to buy it, if the county is interested in it......
I think there was a committee started this year to make a list of those sites considered 'historically valuable' to the county......don't remember who/if the committee was......can anyone help with the location of the committee? if it exists?
I have seen other cities/counties give large tax credits for the 'preservation' of these types of sites.
I'm sure there will also be comments/contributions on the merits of federal historic classification?
I know New Kent has done this "restoration project" with an "old New Kent family" home site.

I was very pleased when I saw and read this.
The entire New Kent Courthouse is either owned by private owners, their abode.
Or New Kent owns the remainder.
Our tiny " historical" jail is about the size of a modern day bathroom.
I am going to a meeting this evening at the Court House, I might ask who,what,when and where.
George & Martha Washington were married right up the road from us, St. Peter's Church, still standing and used. Small, and quite handsome.

“Anglo-Saxon-Iber es-Gaelic-”

Since: Mar 08

Emerald Isle, N.C. Kiawah

#13 Apr 15, 2008
Cymru Am Byth wrote:
Gae,
I think it has become customary for owners of historic property to be asked to 'donate' the
property first (in exchange for large tax credits...) and then to buy it, if the county is interested in it......
I think there was a committee started this year to make a list of those sites considered 'historically valuable' to the county......don't remember who/if the committee was......can anyone help with the location of the committee? if it exists?
I have seen other cities/counties give large tax credits for the 'preservation' of these types of sites.
I'm sure there will also be comments/contributions on the merits of federal historic classification?
I meant to address this as well.
I know a little about the buy out of a historical site.
My GrandParents home was built 1836, in NC.
They died, the family kept it restored, nobody lives there.
To Date: The Historical Society bought it.
This was the Family's Plan all along.
Now, My GP Home is on the Historical
Homes Route. Only opened 3 days a year.
So, our family kept it for posterity.
We are thankful for that.
So, that is about the extent of my knowledge. Age,Historical value...etc...OR if the County wants to preserve its remaining history and make the purchase.
What is really cool about the family home, is they have kept it with the same colors, rocking chairs, swings on the long front porch and still hang ferns out...That is more than $$ to me.

“Gaelic-Ioudaious "Sookie"”

Since: May 08

Emerald Isle, N.C Topsail

#14 Jun 2, 2008
Cymru Am Byth wrote:
Gae,
I think it has become customary for owners of historic property to be asked to 'donate' the
property first (in exchange for large tax credits...) and then to buy it, if the county is interested in it......
I think there was a committee started this year to make a list of those sites considered 'historically valuable' to the county......don't remember who/if the committee was......can anyone help with the location of the committee? if it exists?
I have seen other cities/counties give large tax credits for the 'preservation' of these types of sites.
I'm sure there will also be comments/contributions on the merits of federal historic classification?
Anyone know the "goods" on this topic?
Voter

Gloucester, VA

#15 Jun 2, 2008
Does anyone know anything about the little white "schoolhouse" on the southbound side of Rt. 17? I'd like to see it restored and opened.
Just Me

Gloucester, VA

#16 Jun 2, 2008
Voter wrote:
Does anyone know anything about the little white "schoolhouse" on the southbound side of Rt. 17? I'd like to see it restored and opened.
I think that David Peebles owns it now. I agree,it is a shame not to restore it. I always have looked at it over the years going back and forth to the Courthouse. Would love to go inside.
Gaelic-Ioudaious

United States

#17 Jun 3, 2008
Voter wrote:
Does anyone know anything about the little white "schoolhouse" on the southbound side of Rt. 17? I'd like to see it restored and opened.
Is the Historical Society still active there?
"School House Visitor Center".....hummmmm?
David Peebles, wonder if he would consider donating the building ??
Voter

Gloucester, VA

#18 Jun 29, 2008
It would be a wonderful place for a visitor center, wouldn't it? What a great idea, Gae.
Just Me

Gloucester, VA

#19 Jun 29, 2008
I missed Gae's reply on June 3rd. It would be a great site for a visitor center. Good idea Gae.

“Gaelic-Ioudaious "Sookie"”

Since: May 08

Emerald Isle, N.C Topsail

#20 Jun 29, 2008
Storms are approaching here I have to type fast...HA!

It is such a neat historical place of value-
our little jail here is 4X4 ha!- but it attracts a lot of folks. Open to the public....in and out!

Thunder rolls......:D
Natasha

Dallas, TX

#21 Aug 6, 2009
I used to work at Sewells Ordinary right before it closed... I would hate to see someone build a Wal-Mart on it. It would break my heart! I wish someone would buy it and restore it!

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