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Posted on: March 7, 2018

Historical Commission Dedicates Doncastle's Ordinary Highway Marker

Doncastles Ordinary Dedication resized

Members of the James City County Historical Commission dedicated a new historic highway marker on Saturday, March 3, 2018. The marker commemorates Doncastle’s Ordinary, named after Thomas Doncastle, who owned the property from approximately 1769 to 1776. The site was also home to a popular tavern that existed prior to 1715 until the 1860s, which was visited by George Washington on several occasions. On May 3, 1775, Patrick Henry and the Hanover County militiamen stayed at the tavern while marching on Williamsburg to oppose the royal government’s confiscation of gun powder from the public magazine. The incident ended peacefully when royal authorities met Henry at Doncastle’s Ordinary and agreed to compensate the colonists for the seized powder. The armies of Lt. Gen. Charles Cornwallis, the Marquis de Lafayette, and the Comte de Rochambeau also camped at the Ordinary, then owned by Adam Byrd, in 1781.

The marker is located on Old Stage Road, approximately 850 feet northwest of the Fieldstone Parkway intersection. For more information, please contact the Planning Division at 757-253-6685 or

Media contact:
Paul Holt, Director of Community Development and Planning

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