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
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.