Nestled in the heart of historic Westmoreland County lies the little-changed town of Montross, Virginia. Westmoreland County figured prominently during the colonial era of Virginia and is the birthplace of our nation’s first President, as well as U.S. President James Monroe and the great Lee family of Virginia. U.S. Congressman Rob Wittman and Virginia State Senator Richard Stuart both call Montross home.
Indeed the courthouse green and side streets beside and behind the courthouse have changed very little over the years. As one who has known the Inn at Montross aka the Montross Inn as an establishment for a little more than thirty years now, I have seen it go through many changes. If the grand old inn could only talk – we would surely know just how many changes she has seen and how many secrets have been kept by her throughout the ages.
I remember it well when there was a tavern/pub in the basement, when it was THE place to go back in the day, even though it was quite a drive from just about everywhere. The Inn also served as a place for special family meals and celebrations for all of the important events in life like graduation, anniversaries, rehearsal dinners and the like. Many of you reading this have made your own memories at the Inn and remember well how important it was to the area when there was little else around. Indeed many fond memories and good times have taken place here over the years since the Inn first served as a tavern, centuries ago. One can only wonder how many pints of ale, cups of coffee, meals and glasses of wine have been served in the pub or tavern over the centuries.
I have to say, right out of the gate, that the Inn at Montross has never looked better, at least not in my life and times. If you haven’t seen the Inn in a while, you will be delightfully surprised by a visit. Truly a “little bit of sunshine has come to Montross”!