The Story of Lucas Tavern
Lucas Tavern was a favorite stop along the Old Federal Road for travelers such as Marquis de Lafayette. Originally two-room dogtrot, over time the Lucas family extended it further by adding two additional rooms, covering over its original open hallway, and turning it into a tavern.
Eliza the ghost enjoys haunting her old tavern and haunts it even today, greeting visitors and staff while being happy that its surrounding buildings have been restored.
Early Life and Education
Eliza Lucas is an upbeat personality who takes great pleasure in overseeing her renovations, welcoming guests into her establishment and seeing them enjoying themselves there. However, she doesn’t tolerate disrespect from guests and will let them know if any are out of line; when one man was arguing with her in front of the fire place and made his feelings known with soot spraying him in response.
Old Alabama Town’s Tavern, dating back to 1818 and part of the Living Block tour, was an integral stop along the Federal Road for travelers in 1818 and again for Marquis de Lafayette when he visited in 1825. Old Alabama Town also features other historical structures and exhibits such as schoolhouse, blacksmith shop and cotton gin that date from this era.
Frank Lucas held an expectation of invincibility, even while engaging in one of the most dangerous activities possible: international drug trafficking. To mask his illicit operations he also financed legitimate businesses like dry cleaners and gas stations as cover.
He used costly bribes to acquire key military personnel for his distribution system, including high-ranking officers in Southeast Asia where he often disguising himself to oversee it all.
Eliza Lucas appears in Old Alabama Town in spirit form as Eliza Lucas Tavern and other historical buildings, offering aid and cordialness. Staff and guides alike regard her highly, considering her part of their governing committee for these structures. However, Eliza expects those living to follow Southern etiquette when dealing with each other and disciplinary them when rudeness or inefficiency emerge.
Achievement and Honors
Eliza Lucas quickly established a successful business at her Tavern due to her warm hospitality, pleasant disposition, and incredible service. When the building was saved and restored, Eliza Lucas was thrilled. Guests are often met by her smiling presence by the entrance. Eliza considers herself part of Old Alabama Town’s governing committee while providing helpful service as a cordial presence.
Today, the Tavern offers sewists fabric and sewing notions as well as machine embroidery and long-arm quilting services. Additionally, visitors can take part in monthly Open Sew days where visitors bring in their project for $10 and are instructed by an instructor. It truly represents Montgomery history! Don’t miss this chance to step back in time and experience history firsthand!
Lucas has made his mark as an innovative comedic voice actor in numerous children’s television series such as King Arthur’s Disasters. Additionally, he has performed live on stage and hosted his own radio show.
Lucas Tavern, part of Old Alabama Town, has been restored and opened for tours. Once popular among travelers, Andrew Jackson stayed here during his presidential campaign.
Eliza, the spirit of the tavern’s owner, still inhabits its premises and enjoys visiting her former tavern that she ran so diligently while alive. She expects that living staff adhere to Southern etiquette and deal with any rude behavior appropriately.
Lucas Tavern was one of the premier inns on Federal Road. Its owner Eliza was known for her warm hospitality and charming personality; her hard work paid off as Lucas Tavern became immensely successful.
In 1844, this building became a private home until being abandoned during the 1960s. Saved in 1978 by Landmarks Foundation and moved into Old Alabama Town for restoration in 1980.
Eliza’s ghostly presence is delighted that Old Alabama Town and her beloved Tavern have been restored and open for tours, expecting that those present adhere to her southern etiquette and be respectful towards one another.