"Established about 1717, the Raleigh's namesake was Sir Walter Raleigh,
who had attempted the first colonization of Virginia in 1585. His lead
bust stood above the door, and during Publick Times in April and
October, planters and merchants from all over the colony passed beneath
it on the way to the court. Some adjourned to play dice in the gaming
room or to feast in the dining room."