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Tavern Day at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Tavern DayWant to learn to dance like George Washington? Intrigued by the wonders of “modern” science? Then come to Gadsby’s Tavern Museum’s free open house – Tavern Day! Experience Alexandria’s five-star hotel of the 18th century during the free open house on Saturday, August 3, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum.

Tavern Day will feature continuous tours of the historic site by costumed guides, including Junior Docents grades 4-7, the opportunity to learn to dance like George and Martha Washington, and much more. This year also highlights 18th-century science experiments by Project Enlightenment, McLean High School’s reenactment society. Combine this with the Friendship Firehouse Festival and have a great day in Old Town Alexandria!

As America began as a nation during the late 18th-century and emerged in the 19th-century, Gadsby’s Tavern was the center of social and political life in Alexandria as well as the new Federal City of Washington.  The tavern served as the premier gathering place for residents – including George Washington – and visitors to eat, drink, learn, and influence history.  Tavern keepers John Wise and John Gadsby hosted balls, performances, and meetings, and their accommodations were known as the best by travelers near and far.

Gadsby’s Tavern Museum is located at 134 North Royal Street in the heart of Old Town Alexandria and is owned and operated by the City of Alexandria. For more information, please call 703.746.4242 or visit www.gadsbystavern.org.