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Congratulations to Bilbo Baggins for winning the 2016 Great Rum Punch Challenge! The competition was tough but their rum punch, The Dragon, won over everyone’s taste buds. The largest fundraiser of the year for the Museum, this event helped raise over $9,000 for educational and preservation programs. Huzzah to everyone who attended and participated!

Ever wonder why the food displayed in the Museum’s taproom looks so fresh? Do you think it looks good enough to eat but wonder what it is? Come join us at our lecture about 18th century foodways. Ellen Donald, who consulted on the museum’s faux food plan, will examine the layers of this project, from selecting the new menu to how and by whom food would historically be prepared on Wednesday April 27, 2016. Doors open at 7pm, lecture begins at 7:30pm. $12 per person.

In May find out what mysteries lie behind the closed doors of Alexandria’s historic sites! Attics and Alleys is a walking tour featuring the rarely seen spaces of four sites—the Lee-Fendall House, Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, and Carlyle House Historic Park—revealing the remnants of stories otherwise hidden. This 3 hour tour includes stairs, access to confined spaces, and walking over many city blocks, including through alleys. Walking shoes required; tour will be held rain or shine starting at 9am. $35 per person (includes free passes to return to the Museums for regular tours). Reservations are required.

Relatively little is known about Washington’s youth, and it has led to many myths and misrepresentations. On Thursday May 5, Professor Peter Henriques will lecture on The Early Years of George Washington. He will closely examine what we do know about Washington’s first 21 years of life. While no one could have imagined the unique role that he was to play in our nation’s founding, Dr. Henriques demonstrates that Washington was no ordinary young man. Doors open at 7pm, lecture begins at 7:30pm. $12 per person, $10 GTMS members + volunteers.

Do you like to help preserve history? Come help us with this challenge. 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act. Communities all over the country are hosting events to celebrate this important milestone. This spring join us at a series of events, hosted by the Office of Historic Alexandria and Planning and Zoning that highlight Alexandria’s historic preservation initiatives. Planned eventsinclude workshops, lectures, panel discussions and a special happy hour.

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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