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Taylor's Tavern

Taylor's Tavern by Mathew Brady

Taylor's Tavern was a significant outpost for Union Forces during the US Civil War. It was among the first locations in Virginia where the two opposing sides came into contact.[1] The tavern was probably built about 1800 near the site of an old Indian trading post at Seven Corners[2]

An inscription on a Historical Marker placed by the City of Falls Church, Virginia, at Taylor's Tavern, reads:

"Two-story building with Thaddeus Lowe conducted first aerial reconnaissance in U.S. military history. In August–September CSA Col. J.E.B. Stuart's troops fortified Upton's & Munson's Hills. By October 1861 Union troops had reoccupied hills and added forts Taylor, Buffalo, and Ramsay as a separate group 4-5 miles west of main ring of Washington defenses." [3]


  1. ^ Falls Church During the Civil War, Falls Church Village Preservation and Improvement Society
  2. ^ All-American Crossroads, Jean Rust, 1970, p. 11.
  3. ^ Falls Church Village Preservation and Improvement Society
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