Treaty of Ghent Banquet and Ball at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum
Conclusion to the War of 1812 Commemoration
Celebrate the arrival of peace in 1815 with this special period banquet and ball commemorating the signing of the Treaty of Ghent, which ended the War of 1812. Enjoy a period-inspired banquet and program in “Triplett’s Hotel,” the modern-day Gadsby’s Restaurant, with President and Mrs. Madison as well as members of his cabinet. Then move to the historic ballroom of Gadsby’s Tavern Museum for a festive evening of period dancing. Black tie or 1815 attire encouraged.
Events takes place Saturday, November 14 and tiered pricing for the 1815 banquet is available. Tickets are $145 per person to dine in the room hosted by President Madison, $125 per person for the room hosted by First Lady Madison, and $100 per person for the room hosted by 1815 Alexandria Mayor Simms. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with a special reception with President Madison, Mrs. Madison, and Secretary of State James Monroe in the Assembly Room of Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal Street.
In preparation for the ball, period dance classes will be offered at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Thursdays, October 29 and November 5 and 12. The cost for lessons is $30 for the series or $12 per class.
Reservations for the lessons are recommended and are required for the period banquet. Tickets can be purchased by calling 703.746.4242 or online at http://shop.alexandriava.gov.
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.