Gadsby’s Tavern Museum’s January News | Newsletter | City of Alexandria


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Tea Enjoy the warmth and hospitality of the tavern at the Winter Warmer Tea February 7! Choose from a variety of 18th-century desserts while you sip John Gadsby’s special blend of tea or take a cup of American Heritage Chocolate. Historic guest Martha Washington will catch you up on the latest Alexandria news during the tea. Seatings at 3:00 and 3:15 p.m.; arrive early for the 2:15 or 2:45 p.m. free tour before your tea. $35 per person inclusive.
Silverware We are excited to announce that the Museum had the opportunity to purchase a large collection of silver that belonged to John Gadsby. From flatware to plate warmers, these elegant items were used at one or more of his tavern/hotel establishments – our City Tavern & Hotel, the Indian Queen (Baltimore), as well as the Franklin and National Hotels (Washington, DC). Research is on-going as we date each piece and place it within his hospitality timeline. Please consider a donation so we can finish funding this collection acquisition.
Chocolate Join us for the perfect Valentine’s Day afternoon with the Adulteration of Chocolate. Did you know that rum, brandy, whiskey, and Madeira all mix quite deliciously with chocolate? Enjoy a special tasting experience and learn more about 18th century tavern beverages and American Heritage Chocolate! Multiple courses of beverage, chocolate, and food pairings. Tasting starts at 3pm. $45 per person inclusive.

City Hotel Next time you are on tour, take in what is new around the Museum. We are excited that our all of our public spaces affected by the water damage from last winter have been painted and look good as new. Visit the Taproom (now full of our newly re-freshed faux food) and the 1785 hallway with their white walls, white trim and reddish-brown baseboards. In the passage, check out the new Mercy Street exhibit highlighting the hotel industry at the beginning of the Civil War. Come learn why Mansion House, one of the finest hotels in Alexandria run by the Green family, was selected to be a hospital and not the City Hotel.
Tea with Martha Scouts and families of all ages – have Tea with Martha on February 20 and 21. Ever wonder how the first First Lady entertained her guests? What is the proper way to hold a teacup with no handles? Here is your chance to experience history as Lady Washington discusses 18th century tea customs as well as clothing of the period. The 18th century tea includes the museum’s special blend of tea, pound cake, dried fruit, and an assortment of cookies. Ideal for Girl Scout groups (etiquette helps meet some badge requirements) and families with children 2nd grade and older. Party attire requested. $20 per person for groups of 6 or more (please note, our tables seat up to 8 each); smaller groups are $25 each.
Pot of Porter Historic-inspired beers with Historic-inspired food in a perfectly Historic setting at our Historic Beer Dinner March 4.  This delectable dinner features the Ales of the Revolution from Yards’ Brewery, authentically crafted brews inspired by the 18th century recipes of founding fathers Washington, Franklin and Jefferson. Guests will enjoy period-inspired food and, back by popular demand, beer ice cream during dessert courtesy of The Dairy Godmother! Reservation required. Dinner begins at 7pm. $85 per person inclusive.
Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314
P: 703.746.4242 | F: 703.838.4270 | E: gadsbys.tavern@alexandriava.gov
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