Fairfax County History Commission Historical Roadside Marker
The Gooding Tavern served Little River Turnpike travelers and stagecoach passengers from 1807-1879 and was famous for "the best fried chicken" and "peaches and honey." For the community, the tavern served as a social and commercial gathering place. The Goodings also operated a blacksmith shop and stable. Several Civil War skirmishes occurred around the tavern. On 24 August 1863, Confederate Partisan Ranger Maj. John S. Mosby was severely wounded by the Union 2nd Massachusetts Cavalry. Two of his officers were killed and three men wounded. Union losses included: two killed, three wounded and nine taken prisoner. The tavern burned down in 1879.
Funded by the Civil War Roundtable, History Commisioner Mary Lipsey, and the History Commission.
Annandale. At the entrance of Pleasant Valley Memorial Park at 8420 Little River Turnpike/Route 236.