Chowning’s Tavern

Chowning’s Tavern

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  • Accessible
  • Family Friendly

Cheers to Tradition

Chowning’s Cider Stand Closed for Season. Please visit Raleigh Tavern Bakery.

The cider stand will return in spring 2024 and will have our favorite items available for our guests. Cookies, chips, cold drinks, Chowning’s Root Beer, King’s Arms Ginger Ale, cold drinks, pastries, and more.

Chowning’s Garden Snack Bar: Closed for the Season.
Located behind Chowning’s Tavern, the Chowning’s Tavern Garden provides a casual atmosphere for open-air dining.

Chowning’s Tavern is temporarily closed. Please visit Kings Arms Tavern.
Gather ‘round, at Chowning’s Tavern for hearty, Colonial-inspired pub fare, all served up in an authentic alehouse atmosphere.


Little is known about Josiah Chowning. When the tavern was reconstructed, Colonial Williamsburg believed it was located on this site, but we now know that a store and dwelling were here and that the tavern was somewhere nearby. Chowning’s business lasted less than two years, but its twentieth-century counterpart has accommodated travelers and locals for over fifty years. Chairs, benches, and tables represent the sturdy furniture found in colonial taverns catering to the middling sort. Excavated fragments show that the blue and yellow peacock on the dinnerware was one of several colorful bird motifs used by early Williamsburg residents. Utilitarian stoneware tableware, plain tin sconces, and simply framed maps and prints accentuate the informality of Chowning’s Tavern.

*ADA Accessible wheelchair lift is available.  Please check in at the front, and our host will escort guests to the lift at the rear of the building. Note this cannot be seen from the street. All profits from Chowning’s Tavern are used for the purposes of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, which operates the Historic Area and educational programs. 



Dining Events

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