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Special Tours Led by Young Historians at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum | News Release | City of Alexandria

Special Tours Led by Young Historians at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum

Students Grades 4-8 bring their perspective to tours during the summer

Meet the Junior Docents of Gadsby’s Tavern Museum every Sunday through Labor Day weekend from 2-5 p.m.! These young historians, grades 4 and older, will be on hand to share highlights of the tavern and answer questions as guests journey through the museum.

Great for families as children connect with the building through their peer tour guides as well as for adults looking for some inspiration! 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. Coupons, including the Key to the City, are accepted.

This summer our students love history and can’t wait to greet the museum’s guests. The Junior Docent program, which students join when they are in 4th, 5th, or 6th grade, provides the opportunity to learn the history of Gadsby’s Tavern Museum practice public speaking. The program helps these students grow in confidence, historical knowledge, and presentation skills. Many continue in the program after their first year.

As America emerged as a nation in the late 18th and early 19th century, Gadsby’s Tavern was the center of social and political life in Alexandria as well as 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. Tavern keepers John Wise and John Gadsby hosted balls, performances, and meetings, and their accommodations were known as the best by travelers near and far. Today, the tavern continues the tradition of opening its doors to the community through a variety of special events.

Gadsby’s Tavern Museum is located at 134 North Royal Street in the heart of Old Town Alexandria and is owned and operated by the City of Alexandria. For more information, please call 703.746.4242 or visit www.gadsbystavern.org.

The City of Alexandria is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended. To request a reasonable accommodation, e-mail gadsbys.tavern@alexandriava.gov, call 703.746.4242, or Virginia Relay 711.

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