One of the site’s most historic moments occurred during the Civil War only a week before Gen. Robert E. Lee’s April 9, 1865 surrender at Appomattox. A detachment of Union Gen. George Stoneman’s Raiders came through Surry County April 1-2 and rode up to this Tavern, where Nancy , the wife of the proprietor, sat on the porch churning butter. When she refused to answer an officer’s questions, he threatened to take her son Jasper, who was by her side. Armed only with a mother’s iron will, Nancy finally spoke. She told the officer, “You’ll play the devil,” and he left her and her son alone. On June 5, 2007, the North Carolina Civil War Trails Program erected a permanent marker in front of the Tavern.