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Free Mother’s Day Tours at Gadsby’s Tavern & Apothecary Museums

Tavern Mother and ChildTwo Alexandria museums, Gadsby’s Tavern Museum and the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, are pleased to offer free tours on Mother’s Day for all visiting mothers! Treat Mom to a tour of these Old Town historic sites on Sunday, May 8, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

At Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, Mom can tour the historic tavern and City Tavern made famous by John Gadsby. Notable visitors (other than your beloved mother) include Martha Washington, along with George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams. This day is also a special Family Tour Day at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, so your kids can learn about history from other kids! Junior Docents, volunteers from grades 3 through 7, will be stationed at each stop on the tour, including the taproom, bedchambers, ballroom, assembly room and dining room, so families can tour at their own pace.

At the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, treat the woman who took care of you to a tour of the place that took care of Alexandrians! Mom will enjoy the outstanding collection of medicinal herbs and botanicals, shop furnishings, apothecary bottles and equipment, many still in their original location. Be sure to look at the order for castor oil placed by Martha Washington in 1802!

Mothers and grandmothers can tour both museums for free! Admission is $5 for all other adults and $3 for children (ages 5-12). Gadsby’s Tavern Museum is located at 134 North Royal Street, and the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum is located at 105-107 South Fairfax Street.

For more information, please call 703.746.4242 or visit and


Office of Historic Alexandria 

Administration Offices

Lloyd House
220 North Washington Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Fax: 703.838.6451

Office Hours
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.