The Boar's Head
The Ordinary— In the 1730s, the inn property was the site of Terrell's Ordinary, a modest inn where westward travelers stayed the night. By the 1960s, the Ordinary was but a memory. In its place was the quintessential Virginia Inn.
The Old Mill— The heart of The Boar's Head was built from the timbers of an abandoned gristmill along the banks of the Hardware River, which dated back to 1834. The relocation of the mill was an opportunity to preserve and transform a treasured Virginia artifact. It had survived burning despite the orders of Generals Grant and Custer during their march through Charlottesville in the Civil War. Indeed, it had continued to operate some 60 years after the war's end.
Piece by Piece, The Construction —The old mill was carefully dismantled and reconstructed piece by piece at the present site of the Inn. The original fieldstones, heart pine beams and planks, and massive grist stones are now prominently featured throughout the Inn. Today, the heart of The Boar's Head is the Old Mill Room, whose time-worn timbers recall the original mill. Outside, millstones are visible reminders of the building's proud past.
The University of Virginia Foundation, The Restoration— The Boar's Head was purchased in 1988 by the University of Virginia Foundation. Since that time, the University of Virginia Foundation has invested almost $20 million to renovate and continually upgrade the Inn. For twenty years, The Boar's Head has received the prestigious AAA Four Diamond Award.
The Boar's Head Tradition— Since Shakespeare's day, London's Boar's Head was synonymous with good food and warm hospitality, a tradition maintained today in the foothills of this Blue Ridge Mountain hotel, here at The Boar's Head Charlottesville Virginia.
Guest Historian Series
Read more about the history of The Boar's Head, as told by Historic Hotels of America 2014 and 2015 Historian of the Year Stanley Turkel. Excerpt is taken from his latest book Built to Last: 100+ Year-Old Hotels East of the Mississippi (AuthorHouse 2013).