Gadsby's Tavern Museum and Restaurant

2020-12-22 13:39:13

Gadsbys Tavern Museum and RestaurantVisit Gadsby's Tavern Museum and Restaurant in Alexandria, VA for a chance to dine at a restaurant fine enough for our Founding Fathers. This historic, 1785 tavern served George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and many others!

Old Town Alexandria is well known for its history. The cobblestone streets and 18th-century townhouses along the Potomac simply ooze history. America's oldest apothecary (pharmacy) is here and even the Saturday Farmer's Market is historic, having been held for more than 260 years!

Among Alexandria's many other claimants to historical fame is Gadsby's Tavern Museum and Restaurant. The tavern was a premier establishment back in its 18th century heydey, drawing all manner of statesmen and international celebrities.

Thomas Jefferson held his inaugural ball here and General Marquis de Lafayette, hero of the French Revolutionary War, also dropped in. The tavern can even claim, without tongue in cheek, that George Washington really slept here. Honest!

While YOU can't sleep here, you can tour the museum and dine in the restaurant.

Visit Gadsby's Tavern Museum and Restaurant

Gadsbys Tavern Museum and RestaurantGadsby's Tavern Museum and Restaurant is located on North Royal Street in Alexandria, VA. The Museum is at 134 N Royal, the restaurant at 138.

The two buildings consist of the 1785 tavern and what was the City Tavern and Hotel, built in 1792.

Visitors can tour the museum to see what the tavern may have looked like in its heyday and learn about those - both famous and ordinary - who frequented the tavern. After 235 years of history, the building has collected more than a few tales.

Gadsbys Tavern Museum and RestaurantAfter you've explored the museum, head next door to Gadsby's Tavern Restaurant for a rejuvenating bite to eat. Here you can enjoy a meal from a menu inspired by colonial times. What would President Washington have ordered?

While connected, the two establishments operate independently. Learn more about the museum at and visit for information about the restaurant.

Visiting Virginia

As I say above, George Washington may have slept at Gadsby's Tavern but you cannot.

Don't fret, however!

There are numerous Virginia bed and breakfast inns nearby that carry on the fine tradition of outstanding and friendly hospitality. Don't settle for the cold indifference of some hotel chain. Make your Virginia vacation the very best it can be with supremely comfortable accommodations at a Virginia inn!


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