Gadsby's Tavern Museum

Gadsby's Tavern Museum
tour of bedchambers
dancing at a ball
historic ballroom
Welcome to Gadsby's Tavern Museum!
134 North Royal Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Region Northern Virginia
Locality Alexandria City
Phone: (703) 746-4242

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, and the Marquis de Lafayette.

Admission Fee: $5/adults; $3/child

Last Updated: 12/11/2014 11:52 AM
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