Friday, July 8, 2011

Fairfax Co. History - Gooding Tavern Marker

Unveiling of the Marker at Little River Turnpike
by Benjamin Martell (Gooding family descendant)
took place on Sunday, July 10, 2011.

Gooding's Tavern
The Gooding Tavern served Little River Turnpike travelers and stagecoach passengers from 1807 –1879 and was famous for “the best fried chicken” and “peaches and honey.”  For the community, the tavern served as a social and commercial gathering  place.  The Goodings also operated a blacksmith shop and stable.  Several Civil War skirmishes occurred around the tavern.  On 24 August  1863, Confederate Partisan Ranger Maj. John S. Mosby was severely wounded by the Union 2nd Massachusetts Cavalry. Two of his officers were killed and three men wounded.   Union losses included: two killed, three wounded and nine prisoners taken.  The tavern burned down in 1879. 

Thanks to the following who made donations for the  funding of the historical marker:
Bull Run Civil War Round Table
Fairfax County History Commission
Chris and Mary Lipsey 
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1 comment:

pugbug said...

The photo of Gooding-Seton plus your blog name brings to mind "tangled tree roots"!