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Flight of the Madisons: James at Wiley's Tavern

Flight of the Madisons: James at Wiley's Tavern

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Office of Comprehensive Planning, Fairfax, VA

Flight of the Madisons: James at Wiley's Tavern

Wiley's Tavern located on the plat by I.A. Sommers in 1837.

President Madison reunited with his wife, Dolley, at Wiley’s Tavern. The tavern was owned by James Wiley and was located on the south side of Difficult Run--so called because it could not be crossed by wagons, only by horseback in low water. It was on a road that ran from the Shenandoah Valley to Alexandria. The tavern is no longer in existence.

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