Alexandria, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Gadsby's Tavern Museum
City of Alexandria Est. 1749
"I found elegant accommodations at Gadesby's hotel. It is observable that Gadesby keeps the best house of entertainment in the United States."
—John Davis, 1801
Gadsby was known for his hospitality and flair for entertaining. Famous events include the Birthnight Ball hosted to celebrate George Washington's
Mr. Gadsby also hosted Thomas Jefferson's Inaugural Banquet in 1801. Today, the Museum brings these events to life for guests to experience first-hand.
While hotel operations continued after Gadsby's departure, no other tavern keeper reached the same level of fame. The buildings' connections to George Washington made them a tourist destination for Union soldiers stationed in Alexandria during the Civil War. Francis H. Pierpont, Governor of the Restored Government of Virginia, used the hotel for his temporary quarters during the war.
By the mid-1920s, interest in preserving the buildings was generated by the newly-formed American Legion Post 24, which was seeking not only a Post headquarters but also a fitting memorial to World War I soldiers. With support from many local groups and individuals, the American Legion purchased and restored both structures, then opened them to the public for tours. In 1972, the Legion gave the buildings to the City of Alexandria, which restored both buildings again and reopened them as a museum and restaurant in time for the Nation's bicentennial celebration in 1976.
Erected by City of Alexandria.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & PoliticsIndustry & Commerce • War, US Civil • War, World I. In addition, it is included in the Virginia, The City of Alexandria series list.
Location. 38° 48.288′ N, 77° 2.631′ W. Marker is in Alexandria, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of King Street and North Royal Street, on the right when traveling west on King Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 411 King Street, Alexandria VA 22314, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Market Square (within shouting distance of this marker); Electric Railway (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of First Services of the Salvation Army (within shouting distance of this marker); The Law Office of Cohen, Cohen, and Hirschkop (within shouting distance of this marker); Marshall House (within shouting distance of this marker); The Memorial Fountain (within shouting distance of this marker); Edgar Warfield (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Front Door of Gadsby's Tavern (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Alexandria.
Also see . . . Gadsby’s Tavern Museum. (Submitted on April 2, 2018.)
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