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June 11, 2020 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham Notable: Robert Hill, Innkeeper

Not long ago, I wrote about the Travelers Rest that was located about 3 miles southeast of New Canton in Buckingham County and asked Slate River Rambling readers if they had any information about the owner, Robert Hill, and its history as an inn.

To catch up, follow these links:

Buckingham Houses: Travelers Rest #4, Part I

Buckingham Houses: Travelers Rest #4, Part II


Slate River Ramblings follower Randy Crouse responded, writing that Robert Hill appeared on the 1793 Buckingham County tax records, then annually through 1802. He not only paid business taxes for a property in New Canton but also paid for an ordinary license. Hill owned as many as eleven horses and a coach, indicating he also may have provided transportation for his guests.

The question remains, did Thomas Jefferson sleep here?

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