This is going to be another post that is largely about the photos, as most of the information I have is recounted in the three different historical markers dedicated to this site. That being said, let's get into the story.
Lucas Tavern was another waypoint for people travelling through Montgomery County in the early days of the Federal Road. Travelers were expected to make about 15 miles each day, so if you were heading to New Orleans in 1819 you would almost certainly sleep at Lucas Tavern one night and at Manac's Tavern the following night. Lucas Tavern was located in present-day Waugh, Alabama, a few hundred yards east of Exit 16 on Interstate 85. There's a plaque there to mark the original location of the Tavern, but that plaque was placed in 2002. Another plaque was placed on the same spot by the D.A.R. in 1932, but it was moved to downtown Montgomery in 1980 (along with the building itself). Today, Lucas Tavern is still standing as the starting point of tours in Old Alabama Town. The third plaque is in front of the Tavern, and matches all of the other information plaques in front of each of the buildings that make up Old Alabama Town.
The Tavern has two big claims to fame. It's the oldest remaining building in Montgomery County, and it paid host to a visit from the Marquis de Lafayette in 1825. Lucas Tavern can be seen from the street, but if you want to go inside you'll have to pay the Old Alabama Town admission fee. I highly recommend it if you're never taken the tour, and we'll be covering the other buildings in future posts.
These first couple of photos show the marker at the original site of the Tavern, along with the transcription and a shot of its surroundings. Then you'll see a map showing the location of this first marker.
Next, we have the nearly century-old marker and its transcription, followed by the Old Alabama Town plaque and its transcription, both near the Tavern's current setting.
Finally, we have two exterior shots of the Tavern and three photos of the interior, followed by a second map showing the Tavern's current location.
We'll come back to early Alabama history in the future, but our next post is going to move closer to the present. Thursday we'll look at one of the many historical markers dedicated to an individual who is more synonymous with Montgomery than anyone else, Rosa Parks.