Our House Tavern, Gallipolis
Henry Cushing’s tavern and inn, Our House, was open from 1819 until 1860. It was a social hub for many Gallipolis residents and a place of rest for travelers along the Ohio River. One of the inn’s most famous guests was General Marquis de Lafayette, a French nobleman who fought in the American Revolution. After Our House closed to serve as a hospital during the Civil War, it was used again as a private home, and later a boarding house. Ultimately it was donated to a local historical society and made into a museum.
Backstory and Context
Dr. Charles E. Holzer purchased Our House in 1933 in memory of the French who settled Gallipolis, known as the French 500. In 1944, the Holzers donated the property to the Ohio Historical Society. Today, the museum is managed by The Friends of Our House Committee and staffed by volunteers. Some points of interest inside of the museum include General Lafayette’s jacket that was left behind during his visit, the Summer Kitchen, taproom, dining room, a large ballroom for social functions, The Tavern Room and artifacts in the attic.
Cozza, Christine Meyers. Our House Tavern Museum officially opens for the season on May 25. Gallia Hometown Herald. May 22, 2013. Accessed June 06, 2018. https://galliahometownherald.com/blog/2013/05/22/our-house-tavern-museum-officially-opens-for-the-season-on-may-25/.
Our House Tavern. Ohio.gov. . Accessed June 06, 2018. http://www.ohio.org/destination/gallipolis/historic-sites/our-house-tavern. Photo source.