- Associated Press - Friday, July 17, 2015

LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) - Liberty University has purchased a Revolutionary War-era tavern in the town of New London.

The university says it bought Mead’s Tavern from the nonprofit organization Friends of New London Virginia, Inc., and has formed a partnership with the previous owner to continue the building’s restoration. New London is about 13 miles from the Lynchburg school.

Built in 1763, Mead’s Tavern is believed to be the oldest structure in the region. The university says the building was used most recently as a private home, but it originally operated as a tavern and hotel.

Liberty plans to use the building as a resource as it launches its first course in public history, which will give students hands-on experience in areas such as historic preservation, museum management and archival documentation.

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