August 2 – Tavern Day at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum


Have you passed by Gadsby’s Tavern Museum hundreds of times and never gone in? Take this opportunity and experience life in the 18th century, as well as learn about the educational volunteer opportunities at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum on Saturday, August 2, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Gadsby’s Tavern Day. Admission is free.

This year’s Tavern Day Open House at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum will include continuous tours of the historic site by costumed guides, the opportunity to learn to dance like George and Martha Washington, and much more. Light refreshments will be served. Combine this with the Friendship Firehouse Festival and Railroad Days at The Lyceum, and have a great day in Old Town.

As America began as a nation during the late 18th century and emerged in the 19th century, Gadsby’s Tavern was the center of social and political life in Alexandria as well as the new Federal City of Washington.  The tavern served as the premier gathering place for residents  — including George Washington — and visitors to eat, drink, learn, and influence history.  Tavern keepers John Wise and John Gadsby hosted balls, performances, and meetings, and their accommodations were known as the best by travelers near and far.

Gadsby’s Tavern Museum is located at 134 North Royal Street in the heart of Old Town and is owned and operated by the City of Alexandria.

For more information, please call 703.838.4242 or visit