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Gadsby’s Tavern July 2016 Issue | Newsletter | Gadsby’s Tavern

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July 2016
Thomas Jefferson

Yes, we can officially say Thomas Jefferson slept here. Thanks to the New York Public Library’s digitized memorandum book from our Third President, we discovered this morsel for January 3, 1801. Jefferson was making his way back to the District after visiting Lady Washington at Mount Vernon. He stayed the evening of the 2nd at Mr. Gadsby’s. Lodging and dinner was $5.50 – a very large sum for the day, considering the average room rate was $1.50. Jefferson also tipped 75 cents to the servants, which was a common practice for him. These servants were the hotel’s enslaved labor force. Many questions have arisen from this one entry, so more research is on the staff’s horizon.


Join us for special Family Tours this summer! These tours, led by Junior Docents (grades 4-7), will be offered every Sunday from 2-5pm through Labor Day. Families will be able to start a tour as soon as they arrive and move through the museum at their own pace, and children will be able to connect with the museum through their peer tour guides. Activities in the ballroom explore the science behind the historic ice well, including making (and tasting) ice cream! Included in regular admission: $5 adults ($4 with AAA), $3 children ages 5 to 12, and 4 and under are free. Alexandria City Public School families and Blue Star Families are free and coupons, including the Key to the City, accepted.


Are you the parent of an ACPS student or work with one? Then you and your kids can come for free this summer! Through Labor Day, all Alexandria City Public School students, staff, and immediate families receive free admission to the Museum! Please show appropriate identification when arriving to receive these discounts.


Join President Madison on July 17 as he discusses and engages guests about political and personal issues of 1816 at his Presidential Salon. Special guest, before he sails to France as the United States Minister, will be Albert Gallatin. Reservations are recommended. 3-4:30pm. $15 per person, $10 high school/college students.


Want to dance like George Washington? Ever heard of a beef olive? Then come to Gadsby’s Tavern Museum’s FREE open housee – Tavern Day – on August 6! Experience Alexandria’s five-star hotel of the 18th century, explore the museum with costumed guides, learn more about 18th century foodways, and enjoy period music and dancing in the historic ballroom. 1-5pm. FREE.


Come out to a night at the theatre with Gadsby’s Tavern Museum Society for West Side Story on August 2! Celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2017, this production at the Little Theatre of Alexandria is sure to please any Shark or Jet. Start the evening with a fabulous appetizer and adult beverage reception that always has a few surprises, then enjoy the show. Leather jackets and poodle skirts optional! Reception begins at 7pm, curtain at 8pm. $35 per person. Tickets can be purchased on the Society’s webpage.

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