Rice's Hotel - Hughlett's Tavern Foundation, Inc.
73 Monument Place
P.O.Box 579
Heathsville VA 22473-0579
Mission Statement

To provide a highly interactive historic site offering educational experiences built around the Tavern and its courtyard activities.

CEO/Executive Director Mrs Judith K Mooers
Board Chair Jeanie LaChance
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Contact Information
Address 73 Monument Place
P.O.Box 579
Heathsville, VA 224730579
Telephone 804 580-3377
E-mail info@rhhtfoundationinc.org
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1994
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $96,200.00
Projected Expenses $91,566.00
Additional Documents
Annual Budget2012View

To provide a highly interactive historic site offering educational experiences built around the Tavern and its courtyard activities.


In the past year we have focused on different levels of education:

  1. Our school program focuses on a “living” history day, sharing what life would have been like in the late 1700’s, children and teachers spend a day focused on textiles, quilting, Tavern life, blacksmithing, woodworking and journal letter writing.
  2. Grandparents Camp was a first this year, having an adult spend time with a child learning heritage arts programs.
  3. Story Boards have been mounted on our four (4) buildings to introduce and tell the story of the Historic Heathsville Square. At the time of inception, a town was built around the tavern and courthouse, establishing a town square. The foundation has recreated part of that.
  4. The Spinning and Weaving Guild offered a college level class for the community to learn the art of weaving. 
  5. Involvement in a church sponsored young women’s empowerment summer course, where the young adults learned to make a quilted pillow.

The coming year include:

  1. Coordinate with the community to promote Heathsville as the "Historic Heart" of Northumberland County. This will include new signage and an effort to "populate" the town with life-size painted "cut-outs" of colonial figures. Ours would be of a colonial couple headed for refreshment at the Tavern. The man will have his arm extended, pointing at the Tavern, in an effort to bring greater visibility, since we are very much hidden by the old county courthouse and hard to see from the road.
  2. A coloring book of the history of the Tavern and its’ role in Northumberland County’s’ history.
  3. Adding additional education classes for woodworking, quilting, drawing and painting, weaving; at both the adult and children level.
  4. Become certified to teach Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts badge requirements.
  1. Better signage. We say we are a "hidden treasure." We'd like to say we are a "well-known mecca."
  2. Volunteers are our next greatest need.  In forming Leadership Groups to explore the future and continue the Taverns growth.
  3. Ability to maintain the historic Tavern Building.  The historic building is the reason we are here.  Being stewards of a historic site.
  4. Increase membership.  Membership dollars is our major support for the Tavern.
  5. Increase our scholarship program.  Support local high school in providing yearly scholarships.

In 1992, a group of local citizens became the Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern Foundation, Inc. (RHHT) and received title to a dilapidated historical hotel tavern that was ready to collapse. These members used their creative organizational skills, and contributed physical and monetary efforts to stabilize the rubble. Additionally they developed a preservation plan and sought funding toward this goal. Local political support and state funding brought about Federal Restoration Grants from ISTEA (Federal Intermodel Surface Efficiency Act of 1991). Nothing spurs action like action. And so, as this historic hotel/tavern site came back to life (now with a viable tavern restaurant, it encouraged more funds that allowed the “Rangers” (a core of dedicated volunteers) to build a replica Blacksmith Shop. ISTEA grant funds then supported the building of a Transportation Museum\and Meeting Hall.  The Tavern/Hotel was considered a transportation hub in pre-automobile times, so gifts of antique carriages brought about by a need for a Carriage House to exhibit them. The Foundation's enthusiastic membership and ISTEA came through again. Today this group of buildings inspired by a now growing Foundation membership once again provides a vibrant community center, The Historic Heathsville Town Square.

As it begins its third decade as steward of the Tavern at Heathsville, the RHHT Foundation restates its mission and commits itself to this charge.
CEO Statement

What is unique about the Tavern? Its volunteers! We are so lucky to have a majority of our members volunteer their time; cutting grass, working in the gift shop, handcrafting items to sell at Farmers Market, running the Farmers Market program, cooking food and putting up tents  for fund raising events, cleaning the facilities, watering plants, marketing, writing articles, and just so much more. They are the backbone of the organization and talented too. Our docents; local history buffs and specialists in historic arts, run our education programs for the schools, group tours and special requests. They make up the guilds and interest groups, furthering our desire to share history and Heritage Arts with the community. Without our people we would just be a building to look at.

Board Chair Statement

Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern Foundation was established for the purpose of rehabilitation of an historic building that was in ruins. The original team of volunteers was diligent in caring for the artifacts from the building and assuring that it was restored accurately and carefully. With the opening of the building in 2002, the initial objective was accomplished. In the subsequent ten years, the Foundation has continued to maintain the building and share the heritage that it represents with the community. 


In the beginning, a Quilt Guild has been an active supporter and a major fund-raiser for the Foundation. Over the last ten years three more guilds and artisan groups have been added to the Tavern family: blacksmith, woodworkers, spinners and weavers, and scrap bookers. These groups support the educational objectives of the Foundation providing education and historic information. Additional buildings have been added to the historic square.


The guilds are changing the character of the Foundation.   The guilds work to produce high-quality hand-crafted items, using traditional skills. The blacksmith’s forge, the woodworkers shop (use both modern and traditional tools), and the spinners’ and weavers’ studio are open to the public several days each week and skilled volunteers are available to educate and demonstrate skills. The quilters and scrappers meet on-site on a regular basis and have classes and events that are open to the public.


As the skills have grown, the Foundation is attracting more skilled artists and artisans. In the last year, we have begun to formalize a program of classes. In 2012, we initiated the program with a 5-day “camp” for children to learn Heritage Arts with an accompanying adult. This program is informally called “grandparent’s camp”; being an ideal way for grandparents to share time with their grandchildren. The initial camp was very successful and we anticipate more sessions in 2013. We are also initiating a program of workshops on Heritage Arts in the fall of 2013.


With broadening our focus, we face some inevitable strains within our membership.   Maintaining and protecting our historic tavern building must always be our first objective. We are challenged to find ways to support the production requirements of the guilds without compromising this objective. With the on-site studios and workshops, the Tavern is becoming a social focus in our community.

Areas of Service
Areas Served
Northumberland County
Lancaster County
Northern Neck
Board Chair
Board Chair Jeanie LaChance
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term Jan 2018 to Jan 2019
Email djlachance65@gmail.com
Board of Directors
Board Members
Douglas Adams Community Volunteer
Lien Groenwold Community Volunteer
Cheryl Hanline Community Volunteer
Barney Harris Artisan Trail Liaison
George Hollows Community Volunteer
Ellen Hollows Community Volunteer
Ken Kauffman Blacksmith Guild representative
Cate Kauffman Community Volunteer
Donald Lentz Community Volunteer
Susan Melton Community Volunteer
Jim Minor Community Volunteer
Judith Mooers Community Volunteer
John Muller EVB
Mark Payne Community Volunteer
Joe Thompson Community Volunteer
Bev Thompson Crafter Liaison
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 12
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 8
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director Mrs Judith K Mooers
Senior Staff
Corinne A Becker Executive Director
Part Time Staff 1
Volunteers 400
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $96,200.00
Projected Expenses $91,566.00
Endowment Value $247,420.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage (if selected) 4
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$1,500$2,000$0
Individual Contributions$23,279$36,918$35,237
Investment Income, Net of Losses$11,026$4,372$17,336
Membership Dues------
Special Events$37,870$38,829$21,081
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$101,634$137,442$89,496
Administration Expense$39,096$53,439$25,770
Fundraising Expense$518$475$14,119
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.720.780.86
Program Expense/Total Expenses72%72%69%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue1%1%25%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$1,318,293$1,361,463$1,401,468
Current Assets$173,422$179,943$174,155
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$98,428$102,487$104,387
Total Net Assets$1,219,865$1,258,976$1,297,081
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.761.761.67
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 5/2016View