WILLIAMSBURG, September 24, 1771.
As I have purchased the House in the Market Square lately occupied by Mr. Thomas Craig, to which I am making considerable Additions and Improvements, for the Purpose of KEEPING TAVERN, this is to acquaint my Friends, and the Public in general, that the House will be ready for their Reception by the Beginning of the ensuing General Court, where they may depend upon meeting with the best Entertainment and Accommodations from Their humble Servant, GABRIEL MAUPIN. ***My Shop will likewise be moved to the above Place, where the SADDLERY and HARNESS MAKING Business will be carried on in all its Branches. Those who please to employ me may be assured of being furnished with neat and substantial Work, at short Notice, and on reasonable Terms.
Virginia Gazette (Purdie Dixon) September 24, 1771
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Thomas Craig had operated the property as a lodging house and later as a tavern. Thomas Jefferson had lodged there when he studied law in 1762. Gabriel Maupin continued operating the tavern now known as the Market Square Tavern an original eighteenth-century building on Duke of Gloucester St. He became keeper of the nearby Public Magazine during the Revolutionary War and held the rank of Captain.
Sources: WAR: Maupin