WAXHAW – A new tavern will open June 23, but it will only operate for a few hours.
The Museum of the Waxhaws is hosting a Colonial Tavern Night – An Evening at the Rough Edge – from 6:30 to 10 p.m.
The event is a major fundraiser for the museum, located at 8215 Waxhaw Hwy. Tickets cost $50 (21 and older) at the door or www.museumofthewaxhaws.org.
Attendees will enjoy traditional food and drink a beer or a glass of wine while stepping back in time in a 17th-century tavern. They will be able to play card games, take a carriage ride and tell tales with ladies and gentlemen from the period, including people dressed as George Washington, Ben Franklin and Abigail Adams.
People will also be able to bid on items at a silent auction and watch scenes from Waxhaw’s historic play “Listen and Remember.” Period dress is not required or discouraged.
“It’s really a grand opening of our newly remodeled event room,” said Thomas Hall, museum board president. “We are taking folks back to around 1780 to have food, drink and entertainment.”
The Dreamchasers Brewery will unveil a special drink for the event.
Another highlight are carriage rides that allow patrons to witness a re-enactment of a duel.
Adams will be portrayed by retired history teacher Nora Brooks. Museum Coordinator Cathy McRorie-Wright said Brooks’ portrayal of the wife of President John Adams is amazing.
“She has a huge following,” McRorie-Wright said. “She also plays Lottie Moon and I cry like crazy when she does that one. Brooks is what we all hope to be one day.”
The Union County Community of Roughedge gets its name from the Rough Edge Tavern, which operated in colonial times. At the time in Waxhaw, a tavern named Cureton’s operated. Legend has it that George Washington and Marquis de Lafayette both visited.