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
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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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

Gadsby's Tavern Museum Society

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!

Gadsby's Tavern Museum Society's cover photo
09/23/2019

Gadsby's Tavern Museum Society's cover photo

Don't forget to stop by tonite at Lilly Pulitzer's on King street and shop and share with GTMS!
08/15/2019

Don't forget to stop by tonite at Lilly Pulitzer's on King street and shop and share with GTMS!

The Gadsby’s Tavern Museum Society invites you to a ‘Shop and Share’ fundraiser at Lilly Pulitzer on King Street in Old Town! Shop with a purpose on Thursday, August 15 from 5 p.m.—8 p.m. Make sure to mention the society at checkout. Proceeds from the evening’s sales benefit GTMS. We’ll see you there!

The Gadsby’s Tavern Museum Society invites you to a ‘Shop and Share’ fundraiser at Lilly Pulitzer on King Street in Old ...
07/29/2019

The Gadsby’s Tavern Museum Society invites you to a ‘Shop and Share’ fundraiser at Lilly Pulitzer on King Street in Old Town! Shop with a purpose on Thursday, August 15 from 5 p.m.—8 p.m. Make sure to mention the society at checkout. Proceeds from the evening’s sales benefit GTMS. We’ll see you there!

06/22/2019

George Washington’s Alexandria Tour

Explore historic Old Town Alexandria as George Washington knew it! The “George Washington’s Alexandria” FREE guided walking tour from 2:00 – 3:15 p.m. on Saturday, June 22, will explore sites associated with Washington and his closest colleagues. The tour includes the Fitzgerald Warehouse, Captain’s Row, Gentry Row, the Apothecary shop, Market Square, Ramsay House, the Carlyle House, Wise’s Tavern, Duvall’s Tavern, Gadsby’s Tavern, and Washington’s townhouse. It begins at the Alexandria historic timeline in front of Vola’s Dockside Grill (101 Union Street), by the Portside in Old Town Summer Festival. No reservations required

06/11/2019

The third President of these United States addresses the GTMS Annual Board Meeting attendees June 9, 2019

06/10/2019

GTMS Annual Meeting Presentation see clips below in comments

06/10/2019

GTMS Annual Board Meeting June 9, 2019

GTMS Annual Board Meeting June 9, 2019
06/10/2019

GTMS Annual Board Meeting June 9, 2019

Even TJ is at Gadsby’s GTMS Annual Meeting!  Starting now!
06/09/2019

Even TJ is at Gadsby’s GTMS Annual Meeting! Starting now!

06/08/2019

Reminder GTMS Annual Meeting Sunday 4-6pm Please Join Us!

06/05/2019

Reminder - Sunday is the GTMS Annual Membership Meeting. We look forward to interested new attendees and members alike joining us! We hope to see you there!

05/22/2019

Calling all GTMS Membership!
You are encouraged to attend the GTMS Annual Society Meeting scheduled for June 9th
4 to 6pm
Gadsby's Tavern Museum
Jefferson Ballroom

04/04/2019
Gadsby's Tavern Museum

Reason Number #1 for Joining the Society: Architectural Preservation of this historic structure!

Remembering our Ice Well Restoration!

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.

Doc Scantlin and his Palmetto Orchestra with the Dazzling Chou Chou
03/17/2019

Doc Scantlin and his Palmetto Orchestra with the Dazzling Chou Chou

Doc Scantlin and his Palmetto Orchestra with the Dazzling Chou Chou

03/16/2019
Zelda Ball Silent Auction Catalog.pub.pdf

Our final BB&T Auction Catelogue is Out! Can't make the ball? You can still benefit yourself and GTMS bidding on some of these great items for our silent auction by noon today! Presidential memorabilia back to the Johnson Administration, cool dinners, Mardi Gras Tucks Krewe parade spot and many other cool things benefiting GTMS and our Gadsby's Tavern! Bid now!

https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=ZGVmYXVsdGRvbWFpbnxndG1zb2NpZXR5fGd4OjY2N2RhNGM5YWQ3NzFhY2U

GTMS Cordially Invites You to Mr. Gadsby's 2019 Best Bib & Tucker Ball2019 Zelda's Ball honoring the 100th Anniversary o...
02/26/2019
bbt_2019_Zelda - Gadsby's Tavern Museum Society

GTMS Cordially Invites You to Mr. Gadsby's 2019 Best Bib & Tucker Ball
2019 Zelda's Ball honoring the 100th Anniversary of the
Women's Right to Vote
1919's 19th Amendment
Saturday, March 16th
Entertainment by Doc Scantlin & his Palmettos Orchestra Starring the Dazzling Songstress Chou Chou
Champagne & other Exquisite Libations
Oysters & other Lavish Hors d'Oeuvres
A Spectacular Silent Auction
Fabulous DJ Dancing beginning at 9:00 at a lower price!
Ticket Prices:
7:00 to 11:00 --- $150 per person
9:00 to 11:00 --- $75 per person

Sponsorship in partnering with local businesses with special pricing and advertising advantages too!

For more information and ticket purchases via PayPal at the link below:

http://www.gadsbystavernmuseum.us/events/bbt_2019_zelda

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The GTMS members escort POTUS #1 to the grand stand at King and Royal Streets on February 19, 2019, George Washington Bi...
02/19/2019

The GTMS members escort POTUS #1 to the grand stand at King and Royal Streets on February 19, 2019, George Washington Birthday Parade

The GTMS members escort POTUS #1 to the grand stand at King and Royal Streets on February 19, 2019, George Washington Birthday Parade

Gadsby's Tavern Museum Society
02/19/2019

Gadsby's Tavern Museum Society

Gadsby's Tavern Museum Society's cover photo
02/19/2019

Gadsby's Tavern Museum Society's cover photo

All Gadsby's friends, volunteers and GTMS members are invited to march with us!  The weather at march time is looking pe...
02/15/2019
Parade Details — George Washington Birthday Celebration

All Gadsby's friends, volunteers and GTMS members are invited to march with us! The weather at march time is looking perfect!! All information is available on the link below!

Gadsby's Tavern Museum Society Parade line-up will assemble around noon, parade will begin at 1pm precisely! Our assembly location will be the 500 Block of Wilkes Street. We are a historical presented unit in Division 3 Order 337 (this is important to note for locating our group - ask Parade volunteers upon arrival to locate us. Please wear your 18th century colonial best bib and tucker and come for fun, pray for some great weather!

http://washingtonbirthday.com/parade

Please note Special Orders for Equestrian Units: Each horse shall be required to wear a horse manure catching bag (sometimes called a “diaper”) to help keep streets clean.

Calling all Gadsby's Tavern Museum Marchers!!A couple of details as we start to slide into a challenging weather period ...
02/14/2019
STATUS — George Washington Birthday Celebration

Calling all Gadsby's Tavern Museum Marchers!!

A couple of details as we start to slide into a challenging weather period and get closer to Parade Day Feb 18th!

First, I should tell you that we do have an established weather policy that has many contributors. Alexandria has the best risk and emergency management organization anywhere in the USA. So if we have to take any adverse action, it is because it is in all our best interests. If we decide to take action, we send an alert to you directly using the e-mail address on this message. After that, our decision is posted to the Status Page on our website at

https://www.washingtonbirthday.com/status

(in fact, it is a good idea, now, to tell the members of your marching unit about our website status page), and posted to the City of Alexandria website and to VisitAlexandria. Then information is sent to major media outlets around the region. So it won't be a secret!

Weather Forecast. We hope we will not need to do anything drastic...but we do want to keep watch on the weather. I like the Capital Weather Gang at the Washington Post. Their latest weather update for the days ahead is HERE.

CHERRY CHALLENGE WINNERS:
Café 44, Beverage with Sakura Bellini
River Bend, Appetizer with Cherry and Goat Cheese Flatbread
Lori's Table, entrée with Cherry Tree Panini
Vaso's Kitchen, Dessert with Cherry Cheesecake

INFORMATION LINKS:
Parade Day and Other George Washington Birthday Celebration Events. Transportation and City Services on Parade Day.

GTMS 2019 BB&T Disco Ball begins at 9 on March 16th!   Half a Ball at half the price at $75!  Can you do the Hustle??
02/09/2019
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GTMS 2019 BB&T Disco Ball begins at 9 on March 16th! Half a Ball at half the price at $75! Can you do the Hustle??

The Gadsby's Tavern Museum Society would like to congratulate Gretchen Bulova, former Gadsby's Tavern Museum Director to...
01/11/2019
Gretchen M. Bulova Appointed Director of the Office of Historic Alexandria

The Gadsby's Tavern Museum Society would like to congratulate Gretchen Bulova, former Gadsby's Tavern Museum Director to her new post as Director of OHA! We are thrilled for you in your new appointment to this important role in preserving our historic town!

City Manager Mark B. Jinks has appointed Gretchen M. Bulova as Director of the Office of Historic Alexandria, effective January 12.

WINTER IS COMING!!!
01/09/2019

WINTER IS COMING!!!

Gadsby's Tavern Museum Society's cover photo
01/09/2019

Gadsby's Tavern Museum Society's cover photo

Gadsby's Tavern Museum
01/03/2019

Gadsby's Tavern Museum

On this day in 1801, Thomas Jefferson paid his bill at the City Hotel - $5.50 for dinner and lodging, in addition to 75c as tip to the enslaved hotel workers. Learn more about who he visited on this trip and why it was important to the political stages of the Election of 1800 during your tour of the museum. Photo courtesy of Jefferson's Account Book 1791-1803, NYPL The New York Public Library.

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Alexandria, VA
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GTMS - Our Mission

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)

  • Improvements to help operations of the Museum (shelving for the Shop, items for the Docent Lounge)

  • Funding for advertising Museum events and facilities

  • Advocating on behalf of Gadsby’s Museum in Alexandria City budget or other debates

  • Providing financial support to Museum programs

  • Ceramic Exhibits

  • Pre-Visit Education Packages

  • Historic Hauntings

  • 18th Century Fair

  • Promoting the Museum and its activities by

  • Marching in 18th century attire in the George Washington's Birthday, Scottish Christmas Walk and St. Patrick’s Day parades

  • Providing speakers for a Speakers’ Bureau to tell the Gadsby's story

  • Organizing fundraising campaigns to help the Museum with major purchases and improvements

  • 1993: the Get Hooked on Gadsby’s campaign helped the Museum buy authentic 60 brass coat hooks for the ballroom

  • 1994-1998: a development campaign raised over $35,000 for new Curtains for the Ballroom

  • 2007: major renovation campaign to restore the Tavern's unique urban Ice Well.

  • 2018: acquisition of the Irwin Family Papers, personal and business documenting the purchase transactions between John Gadsby from the early 19th century.