GTEventsRumPunchThis Saturday March 29, 2014, honor Alexandria’s historic quest for liquid courage, just as guests to the tavern did over 200 years ago! Enjoy different rum punch creations from local distilleries, restaurants and caterers and vote for your favorite! The winner will be announced at the end of the evening. Also enjoy food – both period and modern – as well as a silent auction full of great items.

Gadsby’s Tavern is located at 134 North Royal Street in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.  Tickets are now available at $50 per person (includes admission – food and drinks for the evening) or $100 (includes admission and a pre-event VIP tasting with Bacardi). Reservations are required. 7 to 9:30 p.m. For more information, please visit or call 703.746.4242.

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Gadsbys Tavern signIn preparation for the Braddock Day Ball on April 5, learn 18th-century English country dancing from expert instructors. Tickets are now available at this link and are priced at $12 per class. Reservations are recommended. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Gadsby’s Tavern is located at 134 North Royal Street in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. For more information, please visit or call 703.746.4242.

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Clinton Portis and Chris Cooley

Interesting Area News

While you slept, showered, shaved, and got your Starbucks, we scanned the local papers, blogs, and websites to find the most interesting stories in them you might have missed.

  • Chris Cooley: The Redskin you could count on when you couldn’t count on the Redskins (Washington Post)
  • Own a piece of history! Gadsbys Tavern Ice Well bricks are for sale (Old Town Alexandria Patch)
  • If you heard a lot of fire trucks going by the area last night, this was the reason (NBC Washington)
  • How will a casino at National Harbor affect Alexandria? (Alexandria Times)
  • After two years of renovation, Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool reopens this weekend (DCist)

Photo credit: Keith Allison on Flickr

Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 North Royal Street

Celebrate with your favorite father at the place where the Father of our Country ate, drank, and influenced history. Gadsby’s Tavern Museum is pleased to offer free tours on Father’s Day for all visiting fathers! Junior Docents, volunteers from grades 3 through 7, will be stationed at each stop on the tour, including the taproom, bedchambers, ballroom, assembly room and dining room, so visitors can tour at their own pace. Tour times are 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Cost $5 for all other adults and $3 for children (ages 5-12).

For more information, please visit or call 703.746.4242.

Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, 105-107 South Fairfax Street

Treat your father to a special tour of the Apothecary, a family business first established in 1792. See the outstanding collection of herbs and botanicals, shop furnishings, apothecary bottles and equipment, many still in their original location. The Apothecary is pleased to offer free tours on Father’s Day for all visiting fathers! Cost $5 for all other adults and $3 for children (ages 5-12).

Tour times are 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, please visit or call 703.746.3852.


Enjoy a historic girls’ day out – the Ladies’ Tea at Gadsby’s Tavern!

On Sunday, April 15, 2012, take tea from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Gadsby’s Tavern Restaurant, 138 North Royal Street. Sip a special blend of tea from Gadsby’s Tavern Museum and eat period-inspired delicacies with your 21st-century friends and Gadsby’s 18th-century hostesses.

As America began as a nation during the late 18th century and emerged in the 19th century, Gadsby’s Tavern was the center of social and political life in Alexandria as well as the new Federal City of Washington. The tavern served as the premier gathering place for residents – including George Washington – and visitors to eat, drink, learn, and influence history.  Tavern keepers John Wise and John Gadsby hosted balls, performances, and meetings, and their accommodations were known as the best by travelers near and far.

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Discount Rate for Tickets Purchased by December 1

See historic Alexandria in a whole new light this holiday season! Four of Old Town Alexandria’s finest historic sites will welcome guests on Saturday, December 10, and Sunday, December 11, for the festive Historic Alexandria Candlelight Tour. The area’s premier traditional holiday event features holiday greenery, period decorations and music, light refreshments and a convenient shuttle bus running among the sites.

This season, as part of the Civil War Sesquicentennial events, experience 1860s Alexandria during the holidays with tours at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum (134 North Royal Street), Carlyle House Historic Park (121 North Fairfax Street), Lee-Fendall House (614 Oronoco Street), and the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum (105-107 South Fairfax Street). Tour times are from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, December 10, and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, December 11.

The tour is self-guided, and the sites may be visited in any order, with a complimentary shuttle running in a continuous loop among the sites. Ticket prices are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, and $5 for children (ages 6-17). Special discount rates of $15 for adults and $12 for seniors are available when you buy before December 1. For information, tickets, and group sales information, please contact Gadsby’s Tavern Museum at 703.746.4242. Tickets for this event can also be purchased online at

Some notes about the sites:

Gadsby’s Tavern Museum
he scent of fresh greens and flickering candlelight enhance the warm hospitality of this historic tavern! As you tour the ca. 1785 tavern and 1792 City Tavern, now known as Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, you will be greeted by guides who will highlight the visits of our founding fathers, everyday travelers, and Civil War officers, journalists and other wartime guests. See Civil War period dancing in the same room where George and Martha Washington once danced!

Carlyle House Historic Park
During the Civil War, the former home of John Carlyle served as a Union hospital. Despite the hardships of war, many of the soldiers, doctors and nurses worked to create some holiday cheer far from home. Step into the Carlyle House as it might have been in 1861. On display will be a Victorian Christmas tree, decorated with presents and popcorn, stockings by the fire, mistletoe and holly. Enjoy period music and hot apple cider as you warm up your hearts with holiday cheer.

Lee-Fendall House
Built in 1785, this Lee-Fendall House served as home to 37 members of the Lee family over the years. Greenery will be hung in seasonal displays, and the Christmas tree will be trimmed with ribbons, antique toys, and gilded ornaments in the style of the 1850s. Guides will explain early Victorian holiday customs and tell of famous visitors to the historic home such as “Light Horse” Harry Lee, the Washingtons, and John Quincy Adams.

Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum
Tour the historic Apothecary, whose customers included Martha Washington and Robert E. Lee. Enjoy the spirit of the season and savor its nostalgic scents as you tour a store that remained open for business, despite the war.

Old Town Alexandria is served by convenient public transportation, including the free King Street Trolley. Ample public parking is available at the Tavern Square and Market Square parking garages.

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Photo by A.M. Kuchling

Join Dr. Peter Henriques, Professor Emeritus of History from George Mason University, as he presents “The Man in the Middle: Washington’s Relationship with the Marquis de Lafayette and Gouverneur Morris,” at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 North Royal Street.

In “The Man in the Middle,” Professor Henriques will examine how George Washington used political skills to influence his colleagues and compatriots, including the French aristocrat and military hero Marquis de Lafayette, and Gouverneur Morris, the American ambassador to France. While Lafayette and Morris were often at odds in the aftermath of the French Revolution, they were united in their unquestioned admiration and affection for George Washington. These relationships not only reveal Washington’s remarkable political skills, but also shine interesting and surprising light on his personality.

Doors open at 7 p.m. and lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $12 per lecture and $10 for GTM Society members and volunteers, and reservations are encouraged. For more information, visit or call 703.746.4242.

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