Minor Fire Strikes Gadsby’s Tavern;
Building to Reopen June 30
This morning, Monday June 29, a small fire began in the attic of Gadsby’s Tavern Museum. The museum’s sprinkler system immediately discharged and the fire was quickly extinguished by the Alexandria Fire Department and City staff. The Museum’s 1792 building, including Gadsby’s Tavern Restaurant, was affected by the water from the sprinkler system. City staff are following the Museum’s disaster plan to minimize damage to the building and its collection.
The Museum and the Restaurant will open to the public for regular operations on Tuesday, June 30; however, Tuesday evening dance classes at the Museum will be cancelled.
In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, Gadsby’s Tavern was the center of social and political life in Alexandria and 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. Gadsby’s Tavern Museum is located at 134 North Royal Street in the heart of Old Town Alexandria.
For media inquiries, call Andrea Blackford at 703.746.3959.