ZZ-FC009 Wrens Tavern

Marker text: WREN'S TAVERN

Famous ordinary believed to be part of Federal-style mansion built on 145 acres bought for $291 in 1787 by James Wren (part of 1742 208-acre G. Harrison Grant). Lying north of Alexandria-Leesburg Rolling Road, tavern operated 1789-1815 under James and to 1821 under son John. It was visited by Thomas Jefferson enroute to his presidental inauguration in 1801, as well as James Madison fleeing from the British in 1814. Wren was architect of the Falls Church, Pohick Church, Christ Church, Fairfax Courthouse. Col. Wren served in the the Revolution and as Fairfax Commissioner of Tax, sheriff, and Justice of the Peace.

City of Falls Church.

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