About Town

John Douglas Hall as James Madison at Gadsby’s Tavern | News Release | City of Alexandria

Photo © Old Town Post

Photo © Old Town Post

In the Company of President James Madison, September 27

The date is September 27, 1815, and it has been a year since the British stormed Washington and burned the White House.  As the nation heals from the war with the British, President Madison is now turning his attention to examine the nation’s relationship with China.  Madison plans to update Salon participants on the China trade, beginning with an overview of major events since 1785.

This public debate in the company of James Madison, as presented by John Douglas Hall, at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, is part of on-going series of presidential salons which began in.  Public questions and opinions related to the salon topics are welcome and encouraged.

The salon, held in the Main Dining Room of Gadsby’s Tavern Restaurant, will be from 3 – 4:30 p.m; check-in is at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 North Royal Street. Reservations are recommended and tickets are $15 per person and $10 for high school/college students. Madeira, Port and other libations will be available for purchase at the event.  To purchase tickets, please visit http://shop.alexandriava.gov or call 703.746.4242.  Additional dates for the series include Sunday November 8.

Since 1985, John Douglas Hall has been following the life of James Madison on a day-by-day basis. He offers a very unique opportunity for today’s audiences to engage James Madison in conversation in the context of Madison’s own time.  In appearance, in content, syntax, and with a remarkable command of the period and the man, John Douglas Hall has presented James Madison in numerous, academic, governmental, public and private forums for more than 25 years.

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 in the heart of Old Town Alexandria. For more information, please visit www.gadsbystavern.org.


Leave a Reply