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“Amazing History and Great Food” 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 36 Attractions in Alexandria
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History museums, 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.
Ft. Wayne, IN
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“Amazing History and Great Food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

As the waiter said--"George probably sat here", that started our historic evening. The tavern is really charming, and the food is fantastic, a not to miss when in Alexandria

Visited March 2013
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Milton Freewater, Oregon
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“Washington ate here”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

A great piece of history to see what early Americans did to unwind. Not a lot to offer but in those days a warm place a a good drink meant a lot.

Visited June 2012
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“Nice little museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

Easy walk from King Street and worth it if you like history. Short guided tour, 20 minutes or so, but shows and explained life during the late 1700's early 1800's. Great example of a period tavern.

Visited March 2013
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Holland, Ohio, United States
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“Forget history, it's all about the food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

We visited in July of 2006 and Jan of 2007. Both times our meals were better than any meal we had eaten at any other independent or chain restaurant ever. The historic element serves a purpose all its own, but you do not have to be reminiscent of history to visit Gadsby's. They could move to a 21st century office building with sterile walls and cold atmosphere and still deliver delicious entrees.

Visited March 2012
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Annandale, Virginia
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“An Interesting Experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Has old-time foods you don't see anywhere nowadays. Brings you back to the days of Colonial Virginia. Good place to bring out of town guests.

Visited January 2013
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