The Ashby Inn And Restaurant (Paris, Virginia)


sign off of Gap Run Road, coming into Paris, Virginia

The Ashby Inn and Restaurant

692 Federal St, Paris, VA 20130

(540) 592-3900

I mentioned the town of Paris, Virginia a few days ago – a lovely town of 51  (according to Wikipedia) or 67 inhabitants (according to The Ashby Inn website) that is located off Highway 17 in Fauquier County.  I was driving along Winchester Road (Highway 17), north of Delaplane, and took a left onto Gap Run Road (County Road 701).  I could have also stayed on Highway 17 North until it joined US 50 (the John S. Mosby Highway) and turned left onto Federal Street.

Coming up Gap Run Road, you come to the sign for The Ashby Inn parking – and from the parking lot there is a short walk to the Inn (you can also see the red roof of the Trinity United Methodist church, which is two doors down from the Inn on Federal Street).

Here’s a bit about the history of the place (from The Ashby Inn website):

“The Ashby Inn” was built circa 1829 by Manley Pierce. The original house had four rooms with additions over the years. It was on the original porch that Generals Joseph E. Johnston and Stonewall Jackson rested on their way to the First Battle of Manassas the night of June 17, 1861. The house also served as a Methodist parsonage for many years.

Note:  Everyone tells me that you need to make reservations if you plan to drive out to Paris for lunch or dinner – so just a head’s up.  When I was there, their parking lot was full – I’m guessing that it’s rare that you can walk in and have an empty table waiting for you!  Everyone tells me it’s worth the drive and the extra effort to plan to stop here – it’d be easy to fall for this little town.  It’s so charming.