Funeral procession reunites tavern and former owner

by Jackie Nunnery

Rev. Michael Moffitt of the Light of Christ Anglican Church in Heathsville led the procession down Back Street in Heathsville. The procession included a color guard from the War of 1812 Society of Virginia, the Kilmarnock & District Pipe Band, costumed mourners and members of Heathsville Masonic Lodge 105, of which Capt. Griffin Henry Foushee was a member. Photo by Jackie Nunnery

HEATHSVILLE—A year-long process and a journey from a cornfield to a place of prominence came to an end on Saturday, October 15, with a solemn and historical procession along Back Street in Heathsville.

With a horse-drawn hearse escorted by a War of 1812 Society of Virginia color guard, a riderless horse, mourners, the Kilmarnock & District Pipe Band and members of Heathsville Masonic Lodge 105, the remains of Capt. Griffin Henry Foushee (1793-1844) were brought to a final resting place in front of his former business, Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern.

Foushee purchased the tavern from John Hughlett in 1823. “He built a home right over there,” George Beckett said, pointing a short distance away to….

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