New York in New York County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Fraunces Tavern Block Historic District
Famous for his cooking, especially desserts, Fraunces advertised “Cakes, Tarts, Jellies, Whip Syllabubs, Blaumage Sweet-Meats, &c. in any quantity; cold Meat in small Quantities, Beef Stakes, &c at any Hour; Pickled Oysters for the West Indies or elsewhere.” After the war, which ruined him financially, Fraunces entered Washington’s service as steward and chef, and Congress rented his tavern to house the Departments of Foreign Affairs, Treasury and War.
Threatened with replacement by a skyscraper in 1902, the much altered Tavern was rescued by the Sons of the Revolution in the State of New York, under the direction of architect William Mersereau. Today’s Long Room, remodeled in the 1960s after period prints and paintings, recreates a typical 18th century tavern room of the kind in which Washington made his famous farewell.
Location. 40° 42.217′ N, 74° 0.684′ 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 (a few steps from this marker); Fraunces Tavern Tallmadge Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Stadt Huys (City Hall) (within shouting distance of this marker); First Church on Manhattan Island (within shouting distance of this marker); Dutch Hoog Straat (within shouting distance of this marker); Vietnam War Veterans Memorial / Dutch City Hall Site (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 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. The top left of the marker contains a painting from the December 8, 1783 Independent Journal of Washington bidding his officers good-bye. It has the caption, “At Fraunces’s Tavern, last Thursday
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Take a tour of the markers in lower Manhattan erected by the Alliance for Downtown New York, Inc.
Also see . . .
1. Fraunces Tavern Museum. (Submitted on June 5, 2009, 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 June 5, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Categories. • Colonial Era • Notable Buildings • War, US Revolutionary •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 5, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 990 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on June 5, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.