The taverns of old were a great place to gather for the latest news from afar and to discuss the days current affairs. As I was reading the history of the tavern I discovered such was the case here too. The proprietor William Michie was politically active, and a crowded Inn afforded the opportunity to express his views. Earlier in 1779, when local countrymen were weakening in their support of America’s cause, William signed the Albemarle Declaration of Independence and most likely persuaded his patrons to follow suit. One can almost image the heated political discussions that took place over a tankard of ale or spiced rum.