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Fraunces Tavern

 
 
Fraunces Tavern Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 5, 2008
1. Fraunces Tavern Marker
Inscription. After the American Revolutionary War, on December 4, 1783, General George Washington bade an emotional farewell to his officers at a banquet held in the Long Room, located on the second floor of this tavern. Samuel Fraunces, a West Indian innkeeper, was the proprietor; he later became Washington’s chief steward. Fraunces, also an American patriot, was host to secret meetings of the Sons of Liberty and gave aid to American prisoners of war. The present building, purchased by the Sons of the Revolution in 1904, was restored by them on this site and has since been maintained by them.

Plaque provided by the New York Community Trust, 1976
 
Erected 1976 by New York Community Trust.
 
Location. 40° 42.205′ N, 74° 0.685′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is at the intersection of Broad Street and Pearl Street, on the right when traveling north on Broad Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 54 Pearl Street, New York NY 10004, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fraunces Tavern Tallmadge Memorial (here, next to this marker); Fraunces Tavern Block Historic District (a few steps from this marker); Stadt Huys (City Hall)
Marker on Pearl Street image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 5, 2008
2. Marker on Pearl Street
(within shouting distance of this marker); First Church on Manhattan Island (within shouting distance of this marker); Dutch Hoog Straat (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Vietnam War Veterans Memorial / Dutch City Hall Site (about 300 feet away); Stone Street Historic District and Colonial New York Street Plan (about 300 feet away); First Printing Press in the Colony of New York (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
 
More about this marker. Two additional Revolutionary War Heritage Trail markers are located just inside the doorway to Fraunces Tavern's resturant. The top one has the text "This Tavern, operated by Samuel Fraunces, was a center of political activity. General Washington said farewell to his Continental Army officers at this site."
The other contains the text "Fraunces Tavern is a survivor of the early days of New York City. Built in 1719 as an elegant residence for the Delancey family, the home was purchased in 1762 by Samuel Fraunces, who turned it into one of the most popular taverns of the day. Though it is best known as the site where
Fraunces Tavern image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 5, 2008
3. Fraunces Tavern
On December 4, 1783, General George Washington said farewell to his generals on the second floor of this tavern.
Washington gave his farewell address to the officers of the Continental Army on December 4, 1783, the tavern also played a significant role in pre-Revolutionary activities.

During the 1770’s the tavern was the home of a number of prominent organizations, including the New York City Chamber of Commerce, the Sons of Liberty and the New York Provincial Congress. After the war, when New York was the nation’s first capital, the tavern housed the offices of the Departments of Treasury, War (today’s Defense Department), and Foreign Affairs (today’s State Department).

In 1904, the Sons of the Revolution in the State of New York purchased the tavern and restored the building to its colonial appearance. Fraunces Tavern Museum opened to the public in 1907. Today, the museum complex includes four 19th century buildings in addition to the 18th-century Fraunces Tavern."
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. It is the Fraunces Tavern marker in Philadelphia.
 
Also see . . .
1. Fraunces Tavern Museum. (Submitted on November 5, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. Fraunces Tavern - Hangout of Sons Of Liberty; Hosted Washington, Several Cabinet Departments. New York Freedom Trail website. (Submitted on November 5, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Fraunces Tavern Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 5, 2008
4. Fraunces Tavern Marker
The "Long Room," where Washington gave his farewell to his generals is in the bottom right windows of this photo.
 

3. The Trust's "Landmarks of New York". A long-time crusader for preservation, the Municipal Art Society joined with The Trust in 1956 to begin the “Landmarks of New York” project. (Submitted on October 27, 2009.) 
 
Categories. Colonial EraNotable BuildingsNotable EventsWar, US Revolutionary
 
Revolutionary War Heritage Trail Marker in Fraunces Tavern image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 5, 2008
5. Revolutionary War Heritage Trail Marker in Fraunces Tavern
This marker is inside of Fraunces Tavern. It features a map of New York State indicating the location of Revolutionary War Heritage Sites.
Another Marker Inside Fraunces Tavern image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 5, 2008
6. Another Marker Inside Fraunces Tavern
This marker is also located inside the tavern. It features a picture of Samuel Fraunces, a painting of George Washington's December 4, 1783 Farewell, and a present day photograph of the "Long Room," where the farewell took place.
Fraunces Tavern Doorway image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 5, 2008
7. Fraunces Tavern Doorway
The two Revolutionary War Heritage Trail markers are located just inside this doorway to Fraunces Tavern.
New Fraunces Tavern Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, June 24, 2009
8. New Fraunces Tavern Marker
Fraunces Tavern
This national treasure
has been listed on the
National
Register of
Historic Places

by the United States
Department of the Interior
Circa 1719
Fraunces Tavern Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, June 24, 2009
9. Fraunces Tavern Marker
This marker was erected after the marker seen in the earlier photos above.
Fraunces Tavern Tallmadge Marker (detail) image. Click for more information.
By R. C., July 18, 2009
10. Fraunces Tavern Tallmadge Marker (detail)
See the "other nearby markers" section for more information on this marker, or
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 5, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,245 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on November 5, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   8, 9. submitted on June 24, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   10. submitted on July 27, 2009, by R. C. of Shrewsbury, New Jersey.
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