Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern in Heathsville has received a $4000 grant from Virginia Humanities, as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) passed by Congress in March.

In April, Virginia Humanities received $601,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to distribute to humanities-based nonprofit organizations in Virginia. The goal of these funds was to provide emergency operating funds to organizations that have been struggling as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

$1,500 was used to administer the grants and the rest was awarded to organizations across the commonwealth covering each of Virginia’s eleven congressional districts. Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern was one of 110 organizations to receive funding from Virginia Humanities.

A historic landmark in the Northern Neck since the 1700’s, the non-profit Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern is the home to the “Heritage Arts Center Gift Shoppe,” which sells all locally-made handcrafts; four artisan guilds -- the Blacksmiths, Quilters, Woodworkers, and Spinners & Weavers; plus the Culinary Guild, which runs the Tavern Cafe´. The Tavern is also the sponsor of the Heathsville Farmers Market.

“We are very appreciative of receiving a CARES Act grant from Virginia Humanities,” said Corinne Becker, Executive Director at Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern. “When you are the stewards of a 300-plus year-old building, it is very expensive to insure and maintain. This grant was crucial to keeping the Tavern on ‘life support’ during these challenging times.”

Operated entirely by volunteers, the Tavern is located at 73 Monument Place, just off Route 360 behind the old Northumberland County Courthouse in Heathsville. The Gift Shoppe and Cafe’ are open Thursday thru Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, visit www.RHHTFoundationinc.org or call 804-580-3377.