Gadsby's Tavern Museum Society

Gadsby's Tavern Museum Society GTMS supports the preservation, development, and interpretation of historic Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, and we have fun doing so! www.Gadsbystavernmuseum.us
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The Gadsby's Tavern Museum Society (GTMS) is a private citizens group formed for the purpose of providing support to Gadsby's Tavern Museum. Gadsby's Tavern History

Gadsby's Tavern Museum consists of two buildings, a circa 1785 tavern and the 1792 City Hotel. The buildings are named for proprietor John Gadsby who operated the Tavern from 1796 to 1808. The Tavern was a center of political, business, and social life in early Alexandria. In addition, the tavern was the setting for dancing assemblies, theatrical and musical performances, and meetings of local organizations. George Washington, himself, enjoyed the hospitality provided by tavernkeepers and twice attended the annual Birthnight Ball held in his honor. Other prominent patrons included John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and the Marquis de Lafayette.

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Here’s a chance to have fun – historically!Do you know...-Which President liked being called a Jackass by his opponents ...
02/19/2021

Here’s a chance to have fun – historically!

Do you know...

-Which President liked being called a Jackass by his opponents so much that it became the mascot of the new Democratic Party?

or

- Which breed of dog was founded by George Washington according to the American Kennel Club?

We’ll give you the answers to these questions and many more at the 2nd Gadsby's Tavern Museum Society Trivia Night.

Join GTMS for our not-all-that trivial commemoration of Gen.
George Washington’s birthday, only a day late. It's just $20 per household!

You *could* win a prize, but you will definitely learn something.
Plus, it’s all for a good cause – supporting Gadsby’s Tavern Museum from your home!

Our questions are challenging and geared for adult players, but adult/child teams are welcome. Registrants will receive a Zoom link via email by Monday, February 22nd.
Whether you’re a single, a couple, or a couple of friends, this is a perfect excuse for a little info-tainment. For more information and online ticket sales visit the GTMS Virtual Trivia Night page on Society’s website.
http://www.gadsbystavernmuseum.us/past_events/trivia_nite21

Gadsby's Tavern Museum
01/03/2021

Gadsby's Tavern Museum

Thanks to Thomas Jefferson’s detailed record keeping, on this day in 1801 we know he paid a bill to Mr. Gadsby and tipped the enslaved staff. What was he doing in town? How did it relate to the Election of 1800? Learn more: www.alexandriava.gov/116698

Thank you so much to Elizabeth Haynie Wainstein, Anne Norton Craner, Isabelle Craner, Kira Green, and everyone at The Po...
12/24/2020

Thank you so much to Elizabeth Haynie Wainstein, Anne Norton Craner, Isabelle Craner, Kira Green, and everyone at The Potomack Company auction house in Alexandria.

Last month, Potomack Company's team managed the auction of a unique George Washington miniature graciously donated by Mr. Thomas K. Seligman. Not only did the miniature sell for $4,750, the Potomack Company generously donated their commission to benefit the GTMS Endowment Fund.

Yesterday, former Board member Peggy Harlow and president Kristen Eastlick picked up the check from Anne and Elizabeth and thanked them for all their help!

(Pictured left to right: Anne Norton Craner, Peggy Harlow, George Washington (!), Kristen Eastlick, and Elizabeth Haynie Wainstein)

Grab your favorite beverage & join the Gadsby’s Tavern Museum Society for 5 interactive rounds of trivia that will test ...
12/17/2020
Gadsby's Tavern Museum Society

Grab your favorite beverage & join the Gadsby’s Tavern Museum Society for 5 interactive rounds of trivia that will test your knowledge of history and Alexandria -
and possibly win you prizes!

The fun begins tomorrow, Friday, at 7:00 p.m. EST. For details and tickets, see http://www.gadsbystavernmuseum.us/.

Gadsby's Tavern Museum Society

This week, the Historic Alexandria Community released its tribute video for Kathy Kelly, a long-time Gadsby's Tavern doc...
12/05/2020

This week, the Historic Alexandria Community released its tribute video for Kathy Kelly, a long-time Gadsby's Tavern docent, Gadsby's Tavern Museum Society Board member, and a volunteer for many other Historic Alexandria organizations.

https://youtu.be/WhH7k_IGFUo

We recommend watching this video with a glass of wine and a cheerful heart, as those who knew her best remember her in exactly that way.

It's partly due to Kathy's generosity that GTMS launched our Endowment Fund, which will support the long-term viability of the Museum.

Many of those who knew Kathy have noted they plan to donate to the Kathy Kelly Memorial Bench fund or to the Endowment Fund. To donate to either effort or learn more about Kathy and volunteering for Historic Alexandria, please click here:
http://www.gadsbystavernmuseum.us/kathykellymemorial

GTMS Virtual Trivia NightFriday, December 18, 20207:00 – 8:30 p.m.$20 per householdGrab your favorite beverage & join us...
12/04/2020

GTMS Virtual Trivia Night
Friday, December 18, 2020

7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
$20 per household

Grab your favorite beverage & join us for 5 interactive rounds of trivia fun that will test your knowledge of history and Alexandria and possibly win you prizes!

Whether you’re a single, a couple, or a couple of friends, this is a perfect Friday night event this holiday season. Plus, it’s all for a good cause – supporting Gadsby’s Tavern Museum!

And you might learn something, too!

Our questions are challenging and geared for adult players, but adult/child teams are welcome.

Registrants will receive a Zoom link via email on Thursday, December 17th.

To purchase tickets, click here: http://www.gadsbystavernmuseum.us/event-pictures/trivia_nite

The Good News: George Washington thanks you for your support of his support of Gadsby’s Tavern Museum.  His tiny portrai...
11/21/2020

The Good News: George Washington thanks you for your support of his support of Gadsby’s Tavern Museum. His tiny portrait by an accomplished but unknown artist went under the hammer Thursday at the Potomack Company Historical Auction for the final bid of $4,750!

The Bad News: As much as we had planned to have another version of Tuesday’s event posted by today, technology got in the way. Our Tuesday Zoom event didn’t record! We apologize to those of you who missed Tuesday’s event believing you would be able to watch it again later. However…

The Better than Bad News: We are in the process of developing a new edition of what went on at our Virtual Event – just the video part, not the cheese & wine part. At least that part worked!

We hope that all of you who purchased the Cheese Plates from A Thyme & Place Catering were able to enjoy them with or without the Virtual Event. By the way, you can see how other pieces in the same and other past auctions fared by checking out the Potomack Company Archives. There are even some impressive pieces that remain available.

Again, we apologize that we couldn’t immediately post the entire Virtual Event. We’ll let you know as soon as the other video elements are posted. Please know that we are very grateful for your assistance in raising funds to begin our Endowment Campaign.

UPDATE - Reservation deadline extended! You can purchase tickets for this event until:* noon on Saturday, November 14 to...
11/10/2020

UPDATE - Reservation deadline extended! You can purchase tickets for this event until:

* noon on Saturday, November 14 to reserve a cheese plate ($80 ticket) or
* noon on Tuesday, November 17 to reserve a video-only spot ($40 ticket).

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George Washington Supported Gadsby's Tavern
He Is Doing It Again & You Can, Too - Virtually on November 17!

In the 18th century, George Washington frequented Gadsby's Tavern for meals with friends, conversations with colleagues, and special events such as his Birthnight Balls. In this century he will once again be providing support to Gadsby's. More precisely, an antique ivory miniature portrait of President Washington will be auctioned to provide funding for the Museum's Endowment Campaign. A very generous donor, Mr. Thomas Seligman, Curator Emeritus of the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University has given GTMS a tiny (3"x4") family heirloom to help us maintain the Museum into the next century. This early-19th century miniature will be auctioned by the Potomack Company in their November 19 Lafayette House & Historical Sale.

To celebrate the Seligman donation, GTMS will hold a Virtual Cheese Plate Event at 7:00pm on November 17. "Attendees" will have the opportunity to:

HELP George Washington support Gadsby's Tavern this century with a tax-deductible donation to the initial stages of the GTMS Endowment Campaign

LEARN about this miniature portrait and about the importance of such miniatures in the days before photography from a Potomack Company expert.

ENJOY wine, cheese, and other savory treats (enough for 2 people) specially selected for this event.

SEE a new tavern hospitality overview of Gadsby’s Tavern by Museum Director, Liz Williams;

HEAR about plans for the GTMS Endowment Campaign and how you can help to ensure the future of Gadsby's Tavern Museum.

Buy your tickets at the link below no later than noon on Friday, November 13.

http://www.gadsbystavernmuseum.us/events/gwvirtualmini4

Gadsby's Tavern Museum
10/19/2020

Gadsby's Tavern Museum

It is with sad hearts we share the news that Joe Shumard passed away on Saturday, October 17. He volunteered for Gadsby’s for decades and was a mainstay at our Birthnight Ball celebrations. Joe’s wide smile and his passion for our community will be greatly missed. Full obituary: https://thezebra.org/2020/10/19/obituary-joe-shumard-alexandria-living-legend-and-beloved-community-leader-passes-away-after-extended-illness/?fbclid=IwAR3oI1_ylVlS9gqMDKcgFFK4OD5j1uJh4HyevHBsShqV5oJVHgbRu22VLyE

GTMS Members & Friends, We hope you are staying safe and reasonably cool this week.  Given that it will, once again, on ...
07/19/2020
Online Ordering - Haute Dogs and Fries

GTMS Members & Friends,

We hope you are staying safe and reasonably cool this week. Given that it will, once again, on Monday be too hot to think about cooking, how about a little cool Gadsby’s fund-raising fun?

Monday, July 20th – Haute Dogs and Gadsby’s
HD logo.jpgGadsby’s Night at HAUTE DOGS & FRIES will be Monday, July 20th from 4-9 pm at 610 Montgomery St. in North Old Town. HD&F is open for outdoor seating as well as Carry-Out and Delivery.

IF YOU MENTION GADSBY’S WHEN YOU ORDER, the restaurant will very generously send Gadsby’s Tavern Museum Society a check for 20% of sales. You can:
· Walk-in and order
· Call in your order at 703-548-3891
· Order online for Pick-Up
https://www.hautedogsandfries.com/online-ordering
· Order for Delivery through one of their 3 Delivery

Partners
But above all DON’T FORGET TO MENTION GADSBY’S when you order on the phone, in person, or in the Special Instructions block of the online orders.
Besides all sorts of gourmet high-end (Haute) dogs and other summertime favorites (Lobster Rolls!) HAUTE DOGS & FRIES also offers a wide assortment of interesting Fries. You can also purchase (even for carry-out) beer and wine as well as shakes & malts, ice cream, gluten free options, even a salad!
See their whole menu at https://www.hautedogsandfries.com/menu
So have some sultry Monday summertime fun while helping to support Gadsby’s Tavern Museum!

06/28/2020
Gadsby's Tavern Museum

We are proud to be supporting Alexandria's Gadsby's Tavern Museum! Click on for more about what we are doing to promote history in our fair town!

In previous summers, Sundays meant Gadsby’s Tavern Museum was full of eager, passionate young historians sharing their knowledge on all things tavern related. While the Museum is closed, the Junior Docents have been continuing to learn and are making videos to bring the tavern to you! Every Sunday this summer, enjoy a video montage as these students share favorite facts, magic tricks inspired by tavern entertainment, and news of the day from the 1790s. Huzzah to Sarah, our GTMS Junior Docent Fellow, who first volunteered with us in 4th grade and is now spending her summer before her senior year of college editing videos and mentoring these budding young historians. Special thanks to the Gadsby's Tavern Museum Society for funding this inaugural Fellowship.

04/04/2020
Gadsby's Tavern Museum

GTMS is delighted to remember this post from 2013 about our ice well, produced by a local student.

On April 17 we will yell Last Call….Last Call as we reach the final fundraising stretch for the Ice Well Restoration project. Help us raise $20K through the 3rd annual Spring2ACTion! More details next week but to get you inspired on why this is important, watch this video made by creative genius intern Sam from West Springfield’s H.S. Applied History class.

03/02/2020

A Double Shop & Share Opportunity

Thursday, March 5th, GTMS Members and Friends are invited to a Double Shop & Share event on King St. From 5:00 – 8:00 once again Lilly Pulitzer, the classic clothing boutique (1123 King Street), will be sharing part of the proceeds from that evening's sales with GTMS. On the same date and time and in the same block you can also enjoy a Special Sale Preview Night at Today’s Cargo (1102 King Street.)

In honor of its 47th anniversary Today's Cargo will begin a store-wide sale of its vast range of jewelry and gifts on Friday, March 6th, but GTMS supporter/shoppers are invited to enjoy some special retail sale therapy the night before with a percentage of the evening's sales going to GTMS.

Mention GTMS as you pay for your purchases. When you do, you will be helping GTMS in its efforts of preserving the past to inspire the future.

So, make it a King Street night by visiting Lilly Pulitzer and Today’s Cargo. Then, add to the fun by trying one of the many nearby eateries. (There are four in the 1100 block alone!) Check out the very handy Visit Alexandria Map Explorer to see what else is nearby. Garage and street parking are available, and the King St. Trolley is, as always, free.

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02/19/2020

The Zebra Press - GOOD News in Alexandria, VA

Gadsby's Tavern Museum Society with Karen O'Meara
The George Washington Birthday Parade Feb. 18, 2019. (Photo by Mary Wadland)

02/17/2020

Reminder GTMS will march in today's parade. Assembly point is S. Pitt across from Lyle's Crouch at noon. Parade begins promptly at 1pm. Reception at American Legion on Cameron will follow. Costumes encouraged! We are represented as a past award winning Historical Unit in this parade! Weather will be magnificent! Please join us to march or watch! Cheer us on!

02/16/2020

George Washington Birthday parade 2018

Don't forget to join the parade tomorrow!  Care to march with us?  Post below or IM for more info!  The weather should b...
02/16/2020

Don't forget to join the parade tomorrow! Care to march with us? Post below or IM for more info! The weather should be fabulous in the 50's!! Huzzzahhh!!!

Gadsby's Tavern Museum Society
01/19/2020

Gadsby's Tavern Museum Society

Gadsby's Tavern Museum Society's cover photo
01/19/2020

Gadsby's Tavern Museum Society's cover photo

GTMS is sad to report the loss of a treasured member of our Gadsby’s Tavern Museum Family!  Our hearts are broken!
12/22/2019

GTMS is sad to report the loss of a treasured member of our Gadsby’s Tavern Museum Family! Our hearts are broken!

It is with sad hearts that we share the passing of long-time volunteer Kathy Kelly. She was part of the Gadsby’s museum family, sharing her love for history and this museum for decades, volunteering for everything from 18th-century fairs and Hauntings to Candlelight Tours. She was a founding member of Gadsby's Tavern Museum Society and continued to volunteer as she was able even through health challenges. The museum was a second home to her and her merry band of incredible friends – the Gadsbyettes. The whole museum community will miss her greatly.

Visitation will be at Everly-Wheatly at 1500 Braddock Road on January 2 from 4 – 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, Kathy’s family is requesting donations be made to a cancer society or Gadsby’s Tavern Museum.

GTMS Wishes All of Our Members a Very Happy Holiday Season!  Need a last minute gift idea?  Tickets to our 2020 BB&T Soi...
12/22/2019

GTMS Wishes All of Our Members a Very Happy Holiday Season! Need a last minute gift idea? Tickets to our 2020 BB&T Soiree are on sale now!

Mother and Father Christmas, want to wish you the merriest of holiday seasons! GTMS

Gadsby's Tavern Museum Society
12/22/2019

Gadsby's Tavern Museum Society

Mother and Father Christmas, want to wish you the merriest of holiday seasons!  GTMS
12/22/2019

Mother and Father Christmas, want to wish you the merriest of holiday seasons! GTMS

Scottish Walk Parade 2019
12/08/2019

Scottish Walk Parade 2019

12/04/2019

All GTMS Members are encouraged to march in our Scottish Walk Parade group this Saturday 7 December 2019. GTMS Group will be in Block H directly across from the Safeway on Royal Street between Wilkes and Gibbon Streets. Feel free to wear your most festive attire! 18th and 19th Century frocks, are even better, though not required!

Karen Byers will check in for our group, but asks marchers validate with parade officials who will be located throughout the assembly area and they will direct you to the exact assembly site for Gadsby's group (changes are sometimes made at the final moment, so just ask officials when you get there!).

I ask all folks be assembled at our muster spot no later than 11am. Note, the parade kicks off at 11. Post below if you have questions or instant message Karen O'Meara for more details.

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11/15/2019

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Gadsby's Tavern Museum Society
11/15/2019

Gadsby's Tavern Museum Society

Tickets are now on sale for GTMS events!  Our December Little Theater fundraiser production of 'A Christmas Carol' will ...
10/27/2019
Gadsby's Tavern Museum Society

Tickets are now on sale for GTMS events! Our December Little Theater fundraiser production of 'A Christmas Carol' will be a sell out! Get your tickets now and don't be disappointed! $25/ticket for this family friendly event including reception and auction is planned for Thursday, December 5, 2019!

Also, our Best Bib and Tucker Ball for 2020 will be hosted at the Washington Masonic Temple. We have a very different event planned that we are sure you will enjoy! To purchase tickets and update your GTMS membership see our home page located at the link below!

http://www.gadsbystavernmuseum.us

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Gadsby's Tavern Museum Society
10/22/2019

Gadsby's Tavern Museum Society

GTMS Says Go NATS!!!
10/22/2019

GTMS Says Go NATS!!!

Mr. Gadsby has a message to share today:
Current Tavernkeepers are calling me Grandpa Shark to send good cheers and good luck to the Federal City's Washington Nationals in Game 1 of the #WorldSeries. Huzzah!

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Our Mission

The Gadsby’s Tavern Museum Society (GTMS) was formed in 1992 as a private citizens' group designed to provide on-going support for the preservation, development and interpretation of Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, one of Alexandria's 18th Century gems. Our support of the Museum has taken many forms, including:


  • Giving annual gifts which have become increasingly substantial including:

  • Reproduction items for the Museum when period tavern pieces are not available (bed hangings, window treatments)

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