RECREATION & PARKS
This restored 1825 historic tavern serves as a facility for programs and special events. The building, gazebo, and garden area are available for private rental. Walkerton Tavern is a unique facility perfect for everything from a business meeting or retreat, to an afternoon reception with your friends or serving as the backdrop for a beautiful wedding. Walkerton Tavern is located in the historic Mountain Road corridor. A variety of classes and events are offered for both children and adults throughout the year. Parking for programs and events at Walkerton Tavern is available in the parking lot shared with The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen.
Constructed in 1825 for John Walker, the Tavern served travelers along Mountain Road. It is architecturally notable for its hinged, swinging, two-segment partition that was used to enlarge an upstairs room to accommodate guests. From 1857 to 1941, Walkerton was the home of the Hopkins family. The Bowles family purchased the home in 1941 and sold it to S. Douglas Fleet in 1986. Mr. Fleet sold the property to Henrico County who opened it to the public in 2005. National Register Historic Site.
Hours of Operation
Rental & Program Hours
We apologize for the cancellation of the Discovery Hunt (4/18) and Building Explorers (4/19). Walkerton is undergoing some repair work and will reopen for the Spring Festival!
Sat, Apr 26, 1-4pm
Join in the revelry of the spring season at one of Henrico County’s historical gems! Music by Chris Campbell, crafts, games, face painting, tours of the tavern, food and drink will be a part of this celebration.
Sat, June 7, 10-11am
All ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult. While we look for our lion and dog that are always at Walkerton, part of our hunt will be based on an art exhibit that will be here during the month of June. We will also learn about some animals that are residents on the Walkerton property.
Sat, July 26, 10am-noon
All ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Letterboxing is part treasure hunt, art and exploration. Learn the basics and search for letterboxes hidden at Walkerton.
Mon, Aug 4, 10am-noon
All ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Spend some time playing with toys and games that do not require electricity. Games include nine pins, snakes and ladders, dominoes, ring toss, and others.
Building Explorers at Walkerton
Sat, Aug 16, 10-11am
All ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Can you find the missing fireplace and move a wall? Find out what happens to a marble on the floor and practice building a wall. Learn the secrets of our building in a fun hands-on program.
Family Game Night
Fri, Aug 22, 6-8pm
All ages. Enjoy an evening playing indoor and outdoor games with the family.
Exhibit Opening - Rescheduled
Clash at the Gates of Richmond: The Battle of Yellow Tavern May 11, 1864 will open October 3, 2014.
A Dinner with J.E.B. Stuart
Fri, May 9, 6-9pm, $20
Ages 12+. Come eat a historically authentic dinner set in 1864 Richmond while listening to period music. Special guest of the night will feature Confederate General J.E.B. Stuart. Dinner is a partner program with the Henrico Historical Society and is part of the Yellow Tavern sesquicentennial weekend. Information: 652-3409. Preregistration required at www.henricohistoricalsociety.org $20.
Registration is required in advance for all programs with a fee. To view a complete list of Recreation programs and register online, visit HCRP Connect.
Areas available for rent include the first floor, the second floor, the caterer’s kitchen, and the garden and gazebo. The parking lot (shared with The Glen Allen Cultural Arts Center) has a capacity of 200 vehicles.
- Parlor: 12 (maximum capacity)
- Dining Room: 11 (maximum capacity)
- History Room: 12 (maximum capacity)
- Long Room: 44 (maximum capacity)
- Side Room: 15 (maximum capacity)
- Map Room: 16 (maximum capacity)
Gardens and Gazebo: 200 (maximum capacity)