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Gadsby's Tavern

Gadsby's Tavern in Old Town Alexandria

Alexandria, Virginia

This 1752 tavern saw many important events in Virginia’s colonial history. George Washington was quartered here when he was commissioned as a major on General Braddock’s staff, and he used the tavern as military headquarters during the French and Indian War. Other prominent guests included John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, and the Marquis de Lafayette. In 1788, the first celebration of the Federal Constitution took place here. A $49,264 Save America’s Treasures grant in 2006 helped restore this historic watering hole and open it for visitors. It is registered as a national historic landmark and is local landmark in Old Town Alexandria.

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– Gadsby's Tavern Museum

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