George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 2 December 1773]

2. Dined at Southalls, & Spent the Evening at Mrs. Campbells.

On 29 July 1773, Mrs. Campbell’s tavern on Waller Street had been put up for auction by Nathaniel Walthoe’s executor. Mrs. Campbell had bought it and two lots on six months’ credit and got the deed in Jan. 1774 (Va. Gaz., P&D, 20 May 1773; York County Deed Book, 1769–77, 385–86, Vi Microfilm). During the next few years the local Freemasons habitually held balls at her tavern, and she apparently prospered until 1780 when the capital was moved to Richmond (MASONS description begins “Williamsburg Lodge of Masons.” William and Mary Quarterly, 1st ser., 25 (1916–17): 149–56. description ends , 152). She was still on Waller Street three years later but was no longer open for business and her house, a traveler said “had a cold, poverty struck appearance” (MACAULAY description begins “Journal of Alexander Macaulay.” William and Mary Quarterly, 1st ser., 11 (1902–3): 180–91. description ends , 187–88). She eventually moved to Fredericksburg, where she died in 1792 and was buried in the Masonic cemetery (JETT description begins Dora C. Jett. Minor Sketches of Major Folk and Where They Sleep: The Old Masonic Burying Ground, Fredericksburg, Virginia. Richmond, 1928. description ends , 24–25).

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