A woodcut of the Raleigh Tavern, from Benson J. Lossing's Pictorial Field-Book
of the Revolution (1855).
"When I visited Williamsburg in December, 1848, the front part of the old Raleigh
tavern had been torn down, and a building in modern style was erected in its place.
The old tavern was in the form of an L, one portion fronting the street, the other
extending at right angles, in the rear. Both parts were precisely alike in external
appearance, and as the rear building was yet standing and unaltered, I am able to give
a restored view of the Raleigh, as it appeared during the Revolution. The leaden
bust of Sir Walter Raleigh, which graced the front of the old inn, now ornaments the
new building." (Lossing, 1855)