History

Why is this site important?

Henry Cushing’s Ohio River Tavern, “Our House,” was the center of the Gallipolis community’s social life for many years. On Independence Day, 1820, the citizens of the town, after conducting appropriate ceremonies at the court house, paraded to Mr. Cushing’s tavern with a military escort in full regalia. 

Our House was also the place where General Lafayette, on his triumphant tour of America, was entertained on Sunday, May 22, 1825, by the prominent citizens, an event which has lingered in the city’s memory so vividly that it is customarily marked with an annual event.