Gadsby’s Tavern Museum
Gadsby's Tavern Museum consists of two buildings, a ca. 1785 tavern and the 1792 City Hotel. The buildings are named for Englishman John Gadsby who operated them from 1796 to 1808. Mr. Gadsby's establishment was a center of political, business, and social life in early Alexandria. The tavern was the setting for dancing assemblies, theatrical and musical performances, and meetings of local organizations. George Washington enjoyed the hospitality provided by tavernkeepers and twice attended the annual Birthnight Ball held in his honor. Other prominent patrons included John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, and the Marquis de Lafayette.
Take a moment to journey back to the 18th-century tavern and hotel where famous historical figures and everyday people dined and slept. Learn about the history, architecture, decorative arts, social customs, food, and clothing of a past era.
- On Friday, January 9th, multiple pipes burst at the Museum causing flooding in the 1785 building. Because of this and other building-related challenges, the Museum will remain closed for tours. However, we are working hard to continue as many programs as possible. Please visit the Museum's event calendar for the most up-to-date information.
- Gadsby’s Tavern Museum is now accepting applications for its 2015 Junior Docent class.
Applications are due no later than Thursday, March 19, 2015 and auditions will be held Sunday, March 22, 2015.
- Attention Homeschool families! Homeschool Days are back. Download the
flyer for the full list of classes.
- Restoration of the Ice Well is officially complete! Learn more about the
Ice Well Restoration or see the progress through the Museum's
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Historic Alexandria Calendar for a full list of events.
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National Historic Landmark
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