"Red Tavern or Locust Level or 'Nickup' Tavern".
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-2- thoroughly fleeced him, and the affair became such a joke in the vicinity that his place was nicknamed "Nickup." This place was later the home of Glover Epperson, a Confederate soldier, and is now occupied by Sam Ferris. Although the present occupant is doing some remodeling, the old house is still in good condition. In remodeling the house, Mr. Ferris uncovered a brick with a baby's footprint imbedded perfectly int eh clay while it was still soft. Perhaps the most picturesque of the old taverns still standing in the county is the is the old Lynch Inn on Ward's Road, near Castle Craig between Lynchburg and Altavista. The house, no longer occupied, was originally built of logs and covered with boards. The weather-beaten unpainted boards and shingles show great age, as do the large stone chimneys at either end of the building, the low raftered ceilings, the steep, boxed-in stairs, and the dormer windows that look out from the loft guest rooms. A long low-roofed porch extends across the front of the house, at one end of which is a small room once used for storing and dispensing liquors, which were served through a little sliding wicket. This old inn was built and operated by John Lynch, one of the county's early settlers, and over a long period of time was the only wayside tavern on Ward's Road. The house known as the Watt Coates Place, not far from Catawba school near Nathalie, the Halifax County, is said to have been one of the old taverns on the stage-coach road, and has a large well in the yard from which water was drawn for the horses that pulled the coaches. the Coates house is not the residence of Mrs. Moorefield. A few hundred yards beyond, at the fork of the road, stands the house that was once a store and saloon in conjunction with the coach stop. This was originally the Wimbish store. Another of the old taverns, no longer standing, was located on the road between Stovall and Cody in Halifax County, where the house occupied by Dick Landrum stands now. Mrs. John C. LaPrade says that her great-great-great grandfather DeJarnette ran a tavern there on the main north-south road which crossed Staunton River either at McIvor's or Green Hill, and the coaches frequently carried people traveling between the north and the far-southern states, many of whom were guests at DeJarnette's tavern. Chilton's Tavern at Concord stood until a while ago when it was destroyed by a fire. Red house was a tavern coach stop and the tavern still remains there, although it has been remodeled and is no longer painted red. Rustburg's famous old Fountain Inn and other places which made Rustburg a favorite tavern town even before it was a court town, still gives the county seat an atmosphere of ancient charm. These old taverns relics of bygone days of leisurely living were hosts to many celebrities, among them Henry, Washington, Jefferson and LaFayette.