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“Interesting bit of history...”

Gadsby's Tavern Museum
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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.
Lake Grove, New York
Level 5 Contributor
69 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Interesting bit of history...”
Reviewed April 18, 2013

Had a lovely tour of this tavern...lots of interesting information. Tour guide was a wonderful older gentleman who was very funny. Especially loved the two "ballrooms"...and the presidential history! A must visit! Next time I hope to eat at the Tavern (it was closed during the hours I visited).

Visited April 2013
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Seattle, Washington
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Great Colonial and Early Federal Tavern”
Reviewed April 18, 2013

This tavern, which I wish we had had time to eat at was a wonderful glimpse into Colonial life. In addition it was a site for early social events for Presidents Washington, Jefferson, and Madison. Jefferson's inaugral dance was held here, for instance. Another aspect that added to this building is that it is still used for community dances and social events. What a sense of history! Great value for $5!

Visited March 2013
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Plymouth, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
“Small yet quaint”
Reviewed April 9, 2013

We enjoyed going to this museum. Only three of the rooms are furnished, the rest are empty. It is quite small, so I don't think I would make a separate trip just for this. However, it was nice to go to the museum and then follow that with a trip to the tavern for lunch.

Visited April 2013
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dallas/fort worth
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18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Stepping into history”
Reviewed March 31, 2013 via mobile

Interesting building and guide made me aware of the history that took place on these streets. Starting with George Washington. The guide showed us a glimpse into early american experience. Enjoyable tour

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dover, pa
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18 reviews
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“Gadsby's Tavern Lunch”
Reviewed March 29, 2013

Great food at lunch at good prices. Go around 11:30AM. Get Key to City book ($9) at Visitor's Center on King St near waterfront. Gets you $5 off meal and free entrance to other historic sites. Went back again for the Ale battered Cod for kunch.

Visited March 2013
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