Draper is for Dreamers


As a historic site and a long-standing tradition in the community of Draper, the Draper Mercantile remains at the heart of the community. 

Come and explore our village - enjoy breakfast or lunch at "Brunch at the Merc", shop for unique gifts and unusual finds in our village shoppes, visit The Junction to rent a bike and ride the scenic New River Trail, browse our selection of craft beer, wine, and local foods in the marketplace, grab a made-from-scratch dessert from the Village Baker, book your special event with us in our main hall, the event room (Taborri room), or our historic Village Chapel. Make your time with us even more memorable and rent one of our many vacation homes on the New River, Claytor Lake, or New River Trail through New River Retreat.

The Draper Mercantile creates positive ways of coming together through food, art, music or the outdoors. There's something about the energy here that evokes a sense of belonging, this old building has a way of speaking to what inspires us.   

Why “Thee?”

 We’ve grown.  Some folks wonder why we use “Thee” Draper Village instead of where we began with “The Draper Village”. That’s a great question! 

Throughout its history, the Draper Mercantile and the surrounding buildings have always belonged to the community. This little Village was the heart of the community more than 150 years ago.  That will always be its highest purpose, your gathering place.

 We use “Thee” to communicate a sense of “being and belonging”. By simply being here - by choosing to spend time and make memories, you have become a part of the Village story.

 It’s more than just a place for you to visit. It’s a place that belongs to you. Most importantly, it’s a place where you can feel that you belong. 

 “Thee Draper Village” is our way of keeping our most heartfelt mission in mind - You. This Village belongs to everyone who feels drawn to it. We are glad you are here. Thank you for coming.  We hope you feel that warm sense of true “belonging” that can only come from the heart.