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“Lovely small museum with loads of Southern hospitality!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Gadsby's Tavern Museum

Gadsby's Tavern Museum
134 N. Royal Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 (Old Town)
703-746-4242
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Ranked #12 of 38 attractions in Alexandria
Type: History Museums
Activities: Dining
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Owner description: 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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“Lovely small museum with loads of Southern hospitality!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

Gadsby's has done a great job of maintaining their space in Old Town, adding historical flavor and demonstrating tavern life old and new.

The museum and restaurant operate as two entities, so you'll need to reserve at both if you want to make two stops. We ate lunch in the private room at the restaurant with our group of 12. We enjoyed our tasty pre-fixe meal. After visiting the 'neccessary,' we walked next door to the museum. Michelle handled our group of boys perfectly. She kept them engaged, entertained and informed. She led a game at the end of the tour that could have gone on for hours. Definitely recommend a visit!

Visited November 2012
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“Dinner at Gadsby's”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

We had dinner recently at Gadsby's. The food was excellent and the decor is different to say the least. You have to see it to understand. Moderately priced and conveniently located in Old Town, Alexandria.

Visited October 2012
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New City, New York
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“fine food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

The Gadsby's staff made our visit to the tavern most enjoyable.
The food was great and reasonably priced. There was no rush to have us leave and this added to a most relaxing lunch.

Visited July 2012
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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“So Much to See”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

Excellent tour. There was so much to see from long ago. Everything was beautifully restored, and the building was in great condition.

Visited August 2012
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“History and great food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

Gadby's has traditional foods from this area. The sense of history is seen in the care and preservation of the building...in which Washington addressed the troops before the 'boat ride'. Private parties are well handled here.

Visited May 2012
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