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Philadelphia in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Fraunces Tavern

Fraunces Tavern Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, May 14, 2010
1. Fraunces Tavern Marker
Inscription.  Here stood Fraunces Tavern, established by Samuel Fraunces after moving from New York where he had operated a famous tavern. He served as George Washington’s chief cook, 1790–94, while the President lived in Philadelphia.
Erected 1991 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
Location. 39° 56.783′ N, 75° 8.683′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. Marker is on Dock Street near South 2nd Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. It is at the taxi stand. Marker is in this post office area: Philadelphia PA 19106, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The City Tavern (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hannah Callowhill Penn (about 400 feet away); Thomas Bond House (about 400 feet away); Philadelphia Exchange (about 500 feet away); “Common Sense” (about 500
Fraunces Tavern Marker at Taxi Stand image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, May 14, 2010
2. Fraunces Tavern Marker at Taxi Stand
feet away); The Home of Juan de Miralles (about 600 feet away); The Home of John Penn (about 600 feet away); The House of Samuel Powel (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Philadelphia.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. It is the Fraunces Tavern marker in New York City.
Also see . . .
1. Samuel Fraunces, A Revolutionary Tavern Keeper. 2007 article by Linda J Bottjer. “In 1783, the [New York City] tavern served as both a place for a victory party and the site of Washington’s farewell to his officers. In November of that same year Washington wrote to a William Smith asking him to acquire from Fraunces the name of a dentist who might ease the General’s problematic dental pains. Fraunces’ expertise was also required by Washington to assist in finding a housekeeper for Mount Vernon who could relieve Martha Washington of the drudgery of ordering and assure the household was run with things economically used. In 1789 upon assuming the Presidency Washington asked his friend to become First Steward of the Executive Mansion. When the government moved to
Fraunces Tavern Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, May 14, 2010
3. Fraunces Tavern Marker
The old Philadelphia Exchange building, also on Dock Street, is in the distance.
Philadelphia, the following year, Fraunces continued serving at the pleasure of the President. Following his 1792 retirement he remained in the capital city, once again opening a tavern on Dock Street.” (Submitted on May 26, 2010.) 

2. Fraunces Tavern - Behind the Marker. (Submitted on July 21, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.) 
Categories. Colonial Era
Samuel Fraunces image. Click for full size.
By Unknown Artist
4. Samuel Fraunces
Portrait hangs at the Fraunces Tavern Museum in New York City.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 26, 2010, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 922 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 26, 2010, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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