HANOVER, VA (WWBT) - A Hanover historic landmark needs your help making some much-needed upgrades. The Hanover Tavern Foundation wants to tackle a number of improvements that will make things safer and easier for visitors.
The Hanover Tavern Foundation is working to raise $150,000 in 150 days. That money will go towards the first phase of a major project that includes adding more parking spaces so fewer people have to cross busy Route 301.
"We've had a tavern here since 1733. We welcome people to come here for the history part; we also have people coming here because we have a great 150-seat theatre; we also have a fabulous restaurant," said David Deal, The Hanover Tavern Foundation Executive Director.
About 50,000 people a year come to Hanover Tavern for one reason or another. It is located on Route 301 across from the county government complex. The bigger the event, the bigger the parking issues.
"Anytime we have a large function here unfortunately the auxiliary parking is across the street in the county complex, and people have to come across Route 301 to get to the Tavern," Deal said.
And that's not always easy on foot. Renovation plans include upping the number of parking spots from 30 to nearly 50. Some people will still have to park across the street, but not as many.
"We have a lot of patrons coming, and we want to try and make the parking lot a little bit larger and safer for them," Deal said.
Parking is just one issue that's being addressed in phase 1 of a 3 part renovation. Other plans include new handrails, sidewalk improvements, and a new drop off.
"Here we are going to have kind of a circular, dry laid brick arrival court; it will make getting in and getting out easier for the patrons, especially those with physical challenges," he said.
The Hanover Tavern Foundation is in the middle of raising $150,000 to fund this project. They hope to reach that goal by this fall, and as you can see are well on the way. The Cabell Foundation, which helps non-profits, is helping by matching donations dollar for dollar.
Project leaders hope construction will begin late this year or early next year.