Visiting Historic Michie Tavern in Charlottesville, VA

Historic Michie Tavern in Charlottesville VA


Mr. SP’s sister recently visited from California.  On Saturday we drove to Charlottesville to enjoy a visit to historic Michie Tavern in Charlottesville.  If you’ve visited Monticello, then you most like drove past Michie Tavern on your way to Mr. Jefferson’s home.

Visiting Michie Tavern

Michie Tavern was established in 1784 by Scotsman William Michie.  In 1927, the Tavern was moved 17 miles to its present location.  Michie Tavern offers a southern style buffet with the star being the fried chicken.  Tours are available of the oldest section of the tavern, there are four gift shops, and behind the inn are walking trails.

We’ve all visited Michie Tavern several times in the past, so the main attraction for us was the food.  Each diner starts by going through a buffet.  If you want seconds of any dish, a waiter brings it to you.

Michie Tavern Serving

Food at Michie Tavern


My favorite items are the chicken and the stewed tomatoes.  The BBQ is also really good.

My Plate


Mama chose cornbread over a biscuit.  We both agreed that the cornbread was better.

Mama's Plate


Mr. SP likes pork better than chicken but he called both dishes, “very good.”

Mr. SP's Plate


Rich tried a piece of baked chicken as well as fried.  He recommends skipping the baked kind.

Rich's Plate


Sue is a vegetarian and finds that it’s much easier to stick to her vegetarian diet when she’s in California.  We promised not to report her to the vegetarian police because we all doubted that her veggie plate was 100% vegetarian.

Sue's Plate




The dining areas are warm and cozy and for December were beautifully decorated in colonial style for Christmas.

Michie Tavern Fireplace in Front Room

Michie Tavern Tree


Michie Tavern Fireplace

Williamsburg Style Wreath


Our vegetarian guest had room for dessert, a delicious looking apple crisp.

Sue Enjoying Dessert


After we ate, we strolled through the four gift shops. The Metal Smith shop is behind Mr. SP.Mr. SP outside Metal Smith Shop


The largest shop is the general store.Michie Tavern General Store


Mama at Michie Tavern General Store


I spent a good while watching this baby mouse scamper up and down the front steps of Michie Tavern.  He was pretty cute for a rodent!

Michie Tavern Baby Mouse


After our Michie Tavern visit, we went to the gift shop at Monticello, and then stopped at an antique shop on the way home.  It was a most excellent way to spend a late fall day.

Covesville Store


I love spending time with family and was so glad that Mama could spend the day with us!

Mama and Me


  1. Paula, the minute I opened your blog this morning I thought the building looked familiar. I know I haven’t been inside but I may have passed it on one of my trips to Monticello. That fried chicken looks wonderful, we just have no place here to get good southern fried chicken so I’m very jealous of your recent dinner and family outing.

  2. I’m embarrassed to admit I’ve never been to Michie Tavern (except maybe as a child, in which case I’ve totally forgotten it). I didn’t realize it was more than just a restaurant. Beautifully decorated too! Very Virginia.

  3. You are so lucky to have been able to visit such a great place and with your sweet Mama as well. I think that’s the first sitting down shot of you too ever…lol. That little rodent is adorable!

  4. I’ve never been to Michie Tavern, but I have seen the signs and wondered what it was all about … I’ll have to check it out.! The mouse was adorable, too. So cute.

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