Carrot Tree Kitchens at The Dale House Café is one of the few places you can have lunch on the shores of the James River in the Williamsburg area. Visitors can enjoy homemade BBQ, light sandwiches, or a hummus wrap with a variety of soups, salads, and desserts.

The cozy riverside building was known as the Relic House when it was built in the early 20th century. It showcased displays of the artifacts unearthed by members of the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities (which still owns the building and original fort site, under the name Preservation Virginia). Later it served as a pottery demonstration area and museum store and in 1994 became the headquarters for the archaeology of the Jamestown Rediscovery Project. In spite of its small footprint, the Dale House supported all functions of the Rediscovery project for several years, including collections storage, conservation, staff office space, and exhibit space.

In 2011, Carrot Tree Kitchens brought its famous carrot cake and lunch service to the historic building. Owner Debi Helseth built her first commercial bakery in her home garage in 1990 and in 1995 opened Carrot Tree Kitchens on Jamestown Rd., Williamsburg’s only scratch bakery at the time.

Your lunch at the Dale House Café will include the best view of the James River for miles in either direction!