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Gadsby's Tavern Museum

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Address: 134 N. Royal Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone Number: 703-746-4242
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Discover Alexandria’s five-star hotel of the 18th century! Gadsby’s Tavern...

Discover Alexandria’s five-star hotel of the 18th century! Gadsby’s Tavern Museum consists of the c. 1785 tavern and the 1792 City Tavern and Hotel. The buildings were constructed by John Wise, but made famous by John Gadsby. Mr. Gadsby’s establishment was the center of political, business, and social life in Alexandria and hosted the likes of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. Today the Museum offers tours, programs and special events.

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Lots of history

We, recently, made a quick visit to this interesting building/collection. It represents the period and the area in some interesting ways.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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Felton, Delaware
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We ate here due to this being a historic building. The peanut soup was,good, rich and tasted like melted peanut butter. I ordered the jumbo lump crab cakes and this was not lump crab but probably back fin. It was ok but not what I expected when the menu said lump,crab. Expensive for the quality of food. Once and done... More 

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We, recently, made a quick visit to this interesting building/collection. It represents the period and the area in some interesting ways.

Thank RichardB562
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015 via mobile

Two teens and two adults for lunch. While the menu was small, we each found something delicious, that satisfied out very varied palates. Excellent beer choices.

Thank Lori M
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

I live in Old Town, and I bring all my special guests here. Why/ The colonial ambience is like no other place in the area. You have to drive to Williamburg to get anything comparable. The food is excellent, the service first rate, the colonial entertainer will leave you smiling. Don't miss this place if you are a tourist...and bring... More 

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Tinley Park, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015

My favorite part of our trip to Alexandria - took the free trolley from the King St Station to Gadsby's. Had the Cock-a-Leek stew and my husband had the cod - really good food! I really enjoyed the George Washington brew, too. The staff was friendly. Our only disappointment was that the museum was not open the day we went.... More 

Thank ChristyNJim
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

I love Gadsbys, and recommend to all my friends if visiting Alexandria, it is a must. Even if not serving a meal, or dining, you can just open he door and pop in to enjoy viewing even briefly the original building, and historical significance of Gadsbys. The fireplace is original from The days when George Washingon and Thomas Jefferson dined... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015

If you like history from our early days this is your place. Make sure you go over to the tavern from the museum and get a refreshment from the serving wench.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

If you're tired of the theme-park-like "historical" sites that seem more like theatrical adaptations of fairy tales than the real deal, go here. Gadsby's Tavern is real, and they they have more authenticity than many rebuilt/recreated sites that try to show people what they expect to see a la Hollywood. This place is more for adults who care about history... More 

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Millersburg, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015

An excellent tour revisiting history at its finest! Would go again and then eat at the Tavern...the food smelled wonderful!

Thank Vanessa T
Norfolk, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015

I don't know that George Washington slept here since he had a town house around the corner. The wealthy plantation owners in the area had town homes in Old Town Alexandria. Like other taverns of its day, Gadsby's was a meeting place for the area and also a overnight stop for men who were traveling through Virginia. Today the tavern... More 

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