4. Dined at Doncastles, and got to Williamsburg abt. half an hour by Sun. Lodgd at Mr. Charltons, spending the Eveng. in my own Room alone.
In Dec. 1775 Thomas Doncastle described his tavern as “the noted and well accustomed tavern in James City County, about 15 Miles from Williamsburg, on the main Road from said City to New Kent Courthouse, Ruffin’s Ferry, and the Brickhouse Ferry” (Va. Gaz., D&H, 30 Dec. 1775). GW today used Ruffin’s ferry to cross the Pamunkey River (LEDGER B description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 2, 1772-93, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 82).