Three Crosses is the first legal distillery in Powhatan County, Virginia. We proudly hand-craft spirits to our exacting standards. Truly a hobby that got out of hand, our current 150 and 250-gallon stills are hand-built in Missouri by Affordable Distilling Company. Together, we have created an environment where people can come in and enjoy handcrafted spirits while making some new friends; that’s what Three Crosses Distilling Co. is all about.
John and Michelle Davenport, Owners and Distillers
John's interest in distilling came from a fascination with Appalachian culture growing up among family and friends that made distilled spirits as a part of life. What began as a passing hobby, turned into a love of the history and lore that surrounds whiskeys and rums. Michelle, a lover of Bourbon, wanted a spirit she could call her own. Eventually, she trekked to a traditional bourbon distillery in Kentucky to study the making of whiskey firsthand. Michelle is now only one of the few female distillers in the state of Virginia. Together, John and Michelle Davenport strive to produce only the highest quality spirits using locally sourced ingredients to provide a product worthy of bearing the family crest.
Justin Adams, Bar Manager
Being a great innovator, Justin has helped highlight and expand on the flavors of each of spirit with a full menu of speciality cocktails, changing periodically. Each cocktail goes through extensive trials until it is just right for the tasting room menu. Not professionally trained in the art of mixology, Justin revels in the creative aspect of crafting cocktails, and enjoys naming them even more. While themed menus are tinkered, he also works in production behind the scenes with the stills, learning hands on, in order to concoct his own gin recipe. It is currently in the works, but with Justin it has to be just perfect before being released to the public.
Tara Powers, Executive Chef / Kitchen Manager
With owning an already highly successful bakery here in Powhatan, Vanilla & Bourbon, Tara has put a homey southern feel into the distillery's restaurant, The Table at Three Crosses. Along with "juzshing" up some amazing southern classics, she adds a whole new meaning to, "having your cake and drinking it too." Her desserts are filled with our spirits for a match made in heaven and she has only expanded her palette for the boozy things in life with adding them to our menu.
Roy Davenport, Vice President & National Sales Director
Roy brings nearly 50 years of c-suite management and sales leadership to Three Crosses’ distribution efforts. For 28 years Roy led the growth and expansion of one of the Southeast’s largest Occupational Health and Safety consulting firms, E.L.B. & Associates, initially as Vice President and eventually President, CEO. He, along with John and daughter Heather also own a sports franchise for children called i9 Sports in the Greenville/Spartanburg area of South Carolina. In his spare time Roy enjoys art and many of his paintings can be found in Open Art Gallery in Greenville. He now leads the efforts to increase the market presence of Three Crosses products outside its home base of Virginia.
Hayley Boczar, Restaurant Manager
Hayley is a Powhatan local that brings previous restaurant experience to The Table at Three Crosses. She helps Tara lead the efforts in the kitchen, while also coaching other team members within the restaurant functions of Three Crosses.