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Gadsby's Tavern Museum
Alexandria, Virginia

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Gadsby's Tavern Museum consists of two adjoining structures — Gadsby's Tavern built in 1770, and the City Tavern & Hotel built in 1792. These two outstanding examples of Colonial architecture are named for Englishman John Gadsby, who operated them from 1796 to 1808.

Serving as a center of political, business and social life in Alexandria, Gadsby's establishment was frequented by many prominent individuals, most notably George Washington. Banquets, dances, and musical events were held in the ballroom. Meeting rooms were used regularly by merchants and tradesmen to sell their wares and services. Gadsby's was also a popular meeting place for many clubs as well as business and community organizations.

Several other proprietors continued to operate the hotel and tavern from 1808 until 1878. After that the buildings were used for a variety of commercial and residential purposes and then fell into disrepair. In 1929 American Legion Post 24 bought the buildings, saving them from demolition. They were used by the group as a museum and club until 1972, when the Legion donated the buildings to the City of Alexandria. The buildings were restored and re-opened to the public in 1976.

Text © 1995 Dianne Harrah, Drawing © 1995 Bill Harrah

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