William Michie, the original proprietor of the tavern, was a corporal at Valley Forge when he requested leave from the Revolutionary War to return home to his ailing father. When he arrived, his father had already passed away. Michie inherited his father’s land and in 1784, he established Michie’s Tavern in western Albemarle at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. In the 1920s, his tavern was sold and moved to the site where it is now, next to Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, outside of Charlottesville, Virginia.
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