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Paxton's Tavern

Thomas Jefferson noted having "pd. at Paxton's for entertainment. 2/6" in his accounts on August 23, 1767. "Paxton's" may have been the tavern of either Captain John Paxton (1743-1787) or Captain William Paxton (1733-1795). Both men lived at the time in Rockbridge County, near present-day Glasgow, Virginia.1 Jefferson noted a payment in the same amount on the same day to a guide, which presumably represents a visit to Natural Bridge.2

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