Our House Tavern

Tour Our House Tavern, a restored 1819 tavern that hosted Gen. Lafayette when he visited French-settled Gallipolis, Ohio, in 1825

Our House Tavern

432 1st Avenue, Gallipolis, OH, USA
Memorial Day Weekend 2022
Sat. – Mon. • 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

June-August 2022
Wed. – Sun. • 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

September-December 18, 2022
Fri. – Sun. • 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

General visitation closed from December 19-May 2023.
Tours available by appointment in the off season (800) 752-2618).
Adult - $4.00 Senior: - $3.00 Children - $1.00 Student - $1.00 OHC Member - $0.00

Masks are no longer required but please practice social distancing whenever possible.

Visit

Tour this restored brick Federal-style tavern that dates to 1819 and see the taproom, dining room and other facilities typical of the inns and taverns that hosted travelers in Ohio’s early years. The tavern also boasts a large ballroom for social functions. A summer kitchen and beautifully landscaped courtyard make Our House a favorite place for weddings. Gallipolis was settled by several hundred French immigrants and each spring the community celebrates the anniversary of the 1825 visit to Gallipolis and Our House by the Marquis de Lafayette, a French general who aided the Americans during the Revolutionary War. Average visit time: Allow 1 hour

History

Henry Cushing’s Ohio River tavern, called “Our House,” was the center of the community’s social life for many years. On Independence Day 1820, the citizens of Gallipolis—after conducting appropriate ceremonies at the courthouse—paraded to Cushing’s tavern with a military escort in full regalia.

On Sun., May 22, 1825, prominent citizens of Gallipolis entertained Gen. Lafayette at Our House during his triumphant tour of America, an event that lingers in local memory so vividly that it is customarily marked with an annual commemoration.

Our House Tavern is locally managed by The Friends of Our House Committee.

  • Audiences: K-5th Grade Students, 6-8th Grade Students, 9-12th Grade Students, Higher Education Students, Educators, Families, Government, Specialists, Tourists, Community Groups, History Enthusiasts & Sports Fans
  • Historical Topics: Daily Life, Historic Preservation, Military & Settlement & Statehood
  • Regions: Southeast Ohio
  • Site Activities: Self-Guided, Hiking, Birdwatching, Biking & Guided Tours
  • Museum & Site Type: Ohio History Connection Site

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