Fraunces Tavern® Museum

Fraunces Tavern® Museum Where George Washington tearfully bade farewell to his officers on December 4th, 1783.
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Fraunces Tavern Museum is a survivor of the early days of New York City. Now registered as a National Historic Landmark with the United States National Park Service, the building was originally built in 1719 as an elegant residence for the merchant Stephan Delancey and his family. In 1762, the home was purchased by tavern-keeper Samuel Fraunces, who transformed it into one of the most popular meeting places of the day. Though it is best known as the site where Washington gave his farewell address to the officers of the Continental Army, in 1783, the tavern also played a significant role in pre– and post-Revolutionary activities. After the war, when New York was the Nation‘s first capi-tal, the tavern was host to the new government‘s offices of the Departments of War, Treasury and Foreign Affairs. In 1904, the Sons of the Revolution in the State of New York purchased the tavern and hired preservation architect William Mersereau to restore the building to its colonial appearance. Fraunces Tavern® Museum opened to the public in 1907. Today, the museum complex includes four 19th century buildings in addition to the 18th century Fraunces Tavern building. For over one hundred years, Fraunces Tavern Museum has stood as an historic beacon to this city‘s always changing landscapes and hopes to continue doing so for many years to come.

Mission: Fraunces Tavern® Museum's mission is to educate the public about New York City history as it relates to Colonial America, the Revolutionary War, and the Early Republic. This mission is fulfilled through the preservation and interpretation of the Museum's landmarked 1719 building along with varied exhibitiions of art and artifacts as they relate to the historic site. Fraunces Tavern® Museum is owned and operated by, and FRAUNCES TAVERN® is a registered service mark of, Sons of the Revolution℠ in the State of New York, Inc., a Section 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation instituted in 1876 and incorporated in 1884. Copyright © 2020 SRNY, Inc. All rights reserved.

You're invited to the 143rd George Washington Birthday Ball on Friday, February 21 at 7pm, hosted by the Sons of the Rev...
01/17/2020

You're invited to the 143rd George Washington Birthday Ball on Friday, February 21 at 7pm, hosted by the Sons of the Revolution℠ in the State of New York, Inc., in honor of George Washington and to benefit Fraunces Tavern Museum. Early bird tickets are on sale through Friday, January 24. You don't want to miss this #revolutionary event! https://qoo.ly/33w8qg

#OnThisDay, January 15, 1762, Samuel Fraunces purchased 54 Pearl Street from Delancey, Robinson, & Co. He described the ...
01/15/2020

#OnThisDay, January 15, 1762, Samuel Fraunces purchased 54 Pearl Street from Delancey, Robinson, & Co. He described the building as, “three stories high, with a tile and lead roof, has fourteen fireplaces, a most excellent large kitchen, fine dry cellars, with good convenient office, sufficient for a large family, the business above mentioned, a merchant, or any other trader, is a comer house, very open and airy, and in the most compleat repair, near to the ferry.” In 1762, Samuel Fraunces paid £2,000 for the property, which is equal to about $360,000 today. What a steal! Visit the Museum's newest exhibition, A Monument to Memory: 300 Years of Living History, to explore 54 Pearl Street's role in New York City's history. Image: Fraunces Tavern from the corner of Pearl and Broad Streets, facing east. 1908. The collection at Fraunces Tavern Museum. https://qoo.ly/33v4wd

Today's #ColoniesInContext features a brave patriot on... catback! We love this take on American #history!
01/14/2020

Today's #ColoniesInContext features a brave patriot on... catback! We love this take on American #history!

The American Revolution deeply divided the American people. The population was split into thirds: those who remained loy...
01/13/2020

The American Revolution deeply divided the American people. The population was split into thirds: those who remained loyal to the King were just as numerous as those who wanted independence, and the final third either couldn’t decide or didn’t really care. On Saturday, January 25, join storyteller Darci Tucker in the Museum's Flag Gallery for a one-woman, three-character interactive play that explores the issues and events that led up to the American Revolution, and the role women played in early American history. Tickets are on sale now, and include a guided tour of Women of the Revolutionary War. This performance is suitable for all ages! https://qoo.ly/33tz4y

Happy 263rd (or 265th) birthday to our ten dollar founding father, Alexander Hamilton! Though no official birth records ...
01/11/2020

Happy 263rd (or 265th) birthday to our ten dollar founding father, Alexander Hamilton! Though no official birth records exist, historians have found evidence that #Hamilton was born in either 1755 or 1757 on the Caribbean island of Nevis. Today, we sing for you. #HamiltonWasHere #HappyBirthday #HBD #OTD #OnThisDay

Love reading the latest book on American history?  Want to share your nerdy passion for the American Revolution? The Fra...
01/09/2020

Love reading the latest book on American history? Want to share your nerdy passion for the American Revolution? The Fraunces Tavern Museum book club is for you! The first meeting of the year is Tuesday, January 21 at 6:30pm. We will be discussing "The Trials of Thomas Morton: an Anglican Lawyer, His Puritan Foes, and the Battle for New England" by Peter C. Mancall. Annual membership is just $15. Join now, and happy reading! https://qoo.ly/33rq7i

Join us next Thursday, January 16 at 6:30pm, for a closer look at the Alexander Hamilton Prequel. The Syrett edition of ...
01/08/2020

Join us next Thursday, January 16 at 6:30pm, for a closer look at the Alexander Hamilton Prequel. The Syrett edition of the Papers of Alexander Hamilton was one of four projects to collect and edit the complete papers of the Founding Fathers that began in the 1950s. Not only did these projects establish a new standard of documentary editing, they also collectively created a more complete and human picture of the day-to-day lives of these leaders. In this lecture, Barbara Chernow will discuss the importance of Hamilton to the foundation of America, as well as the important role historical research techniques play in forming our perceptions of the past. Tickets: https://qoo.ly/33r49n

#OnThisDay in 1947, Carl Nsensohn snapped a photo of a snow-dusted 54 Pearl Street. Explore the building's 300 years of ...
01/07/2020

#OnThisDay in 1947, Carl Nsensohn snapped a photo of a snow-dusted 54 Pearl Street. Explore the building's 300 years of history at the Museum's newest exhibition, A Monument to Memory: 300 Years of Living History, or check out the online photo archive: https://qoo.ly/33qi55

Events & Programs Assistant Mary Tsaltas received a #revolutionary holiday gift — a @lego Fraunces Tavern! Can you spot ...
01/06/2020

Events & Programs Assistant Mary Tsaltas received a #revolutionary holiday gift — a @lego Fraunces Tavern! Can you spot General Washington delivering his Farewell Address in the Long Room?

As 2019 draws to a close, so do our 300th anniversary festivities. The Museum commemorated the momentous occasion with a...
12/31/2019

As 2019 draws to a close, so do our 300th anniversary festivities. The Museum commemorated the momentous occasion with a variety of educational programs, a brand new exhibition titled A Monument to Memory: 300 Years of Living History, and a grand 300th birthday bash. The Museum is looking forward to another year of preserving and interpreting New York City's #revolutionary history - and we need your help. Consider making a donation to Fraunces Tavern Museum, and watch your contribution come to life in 2020. https://qoo.ly/33k2h2

#OnThisDay in 1776, General Washington led the Continental Army (and #PaulThePewter) across the icy Delaware River for a...
12/25/2019

#OnThisDay in 1776, General Washington led the Continental Army (and #PaulThePewter) across the icy Delaware River for a surprise attack on Hessian forces in New Jersey. Against all odds, the bedraggled troops marched into in Trenton in the early hours of December 26 and defeated the Hessian army in the Battle of Trenton in under 45 minutes. Huzzah! #OTD

The holiday tradition of hanging stockings above the fireplace on Christmas Eve didn't begin until the 19th century, but...
12/24/2019

The holiday tradition of hanging stockings above the fireplace on Christmas Eve didn't begin until the 19th century, but we hung some for our favorite Patriots anyways! I spy Paul the Pewter, can you? ;) The Museum and Restaurant are both closed tomorrow, December 25. Happy holidays!

Today's #ColoniesInContext doesn't leave anything out, from Lincoln to Lady Liberty. Head over to the Museum and draw yo...
12/23/2019

Today's #ColoniesInContext doesn't leave anything out, from Lincoln to Lady Liberty. Head over to the Museum and draw your own Colonies in Context for a chance to be featured on social media!

ICYMI: Using the magic of The Force (or maybe Photoshop), even Baby Yoda was able to come to Washington's Farewell Open ...
12/20/2019

ICYMI: Using the magic of The Force (or maybe Photoshop), even Baby Yoda was able to come to Washington's Farewell Open House Weekend! There, General Washington bade farewell to every single one of his officers, and took time to shake even the tiniest of hands.

#OnThisDay in 1777 the Continental Army began their march into Valley Forge, where they set up camp for the 1777-1778 wi...
12/19/2019

#OnThisDay in 1777 the Continental Army began their march into Valley Forge, where they set up camp for the 1777-1778 winter. IMAGE: Lafayette and Washington at Valley Forge 1777-1778 (1907). John Ward Dunsmore. Collection at Fraunces Tavern Museum.

Holly jolly holidays from us to you and yours!
12/18/2019

Holly jolly holidays from us to you and yours!

'Tis the season for Fraunces Tavern-themed cheer! Visit the Museum gift shop, in-store or online, for a selection of orn...
12/17/2019

'Tis the season for Fraunces Tavern-themed cheer! Visit the Museum gift shop, in-store or online, for a selection of ornaments perfect for a #revolutionary holiday season. Last chance to order is this Friday, December 20 at 2PM: https://qoo.ly/33dpe3

The FTM 2020 Book Club selections are live! On January 21 at 6:30pm, we'll be discussing The Trials of Thomas Morton: an...
12/16/2019

The FTM 2020 Book Club selections are live! On January 21 at 6:30pm, we'll be discussing The Trials of Thomas Morton: an Anglican Lawyer, His Puritan Foes, and the Battle for New England. A lawyer and fur trader, Thomas Morton dreamed of a society where Algonquian peoples and English colonists could coexist. Infamous for dancing around a maypole in defiance of his Pilgrim neighbors, Morton was reviled by the Puritans for selling guns to the Natives. Colonial authorities exiled him three separate times from New England, but Morton kept returning to fight for his beliefs. This compelling counter-narrative sheds new light on the tumultuous formative decades of the American experience. Check out the rest of the Book Club selections here: https://qoo.ly/33d4z9 Happy reading!

#OnThisDay, December 14, 1799, George Washington died in his home at Mount Vernon. He was interred in a mahogany casket ...
12/14/2019

#OnThisDay, December 14, 1799, George Washington died in his home at Mount Vernon. He was interred in a mahogany casket for three days before a solemn funeral on December 18. Because Washington's passing occurred close to the turn of the nineteenth century, many perceived his death as a bad omen or a sign of an impending crisis. Washington's birthday, February 22, became the culmination of a 69 period of public mourning and became a shared point of reference for commemorating Washington's life. IMAGE: Washington's Death Bed (1875). H.S. Sadd. Collection at Fraunces Tavern Museum.

#FridayThe13th survival tips, brought to you by some #superstitious colonists: If you hear a dog howling at night and th...
12/13/2019

#FridayThe13th survival tips, brought to you by some #superstitious colonists: If you hear a dog howling at night and there is illness in the house, reach under the bed and turn over a shoe. When a loved one dies, don't forget to close his eyes - Otherwise he will find a companion to bring with him to the afterlife. Make sure to stop the clock in the room where someone dies to avoid bad luck. IMAGE: Commemoration of Washington (1802). John James Barralet. Collection at Fraunces Tavern Museum.

#TBT to a newly-restored Fraunces Tavern circa 1910. 2019 marks the 300th anniversary of the construction of 54 Pearl St...
12/12/2019

#TBT to a newly-restored Fraunces Tavern circa 1910. 2019 marks the 300th anniversary of the construction of 54 Pearl Street, home to both the Museum and Restaurant. Check out our archival photo gallery for a comprehensive look at the building's 300 years of history: https://qoo.ly/33auj2

Join us this Thursday, December 12, at 6:30pm for an evening lecture, presented by William L. Kidder, that chronicles th...
12/10/2019

Join us this Thursday, December 12, at 6:30pm for an evening lecture, presented by William L. Kidder, that chronicles the ten crucial days in which Washington lead his upstart army in daring maneuvers that changed the course of history. Tickets: https://qoo.ly/339ih7

Today's #ColoniesInContext by Isabelle is a drawing of a portrait hanging in the Long Room, at one point believed to be ...
12/09/2019

Today's #ColoniesInContext by Isabelle is a drawing of a portrait hanging in the Long Room, at one point believed to be Samuel Fraunces. Learn more about the Museum's journey to uncover the truth about this painting on the blog: https://qoo.ly/338zb6

There are only a few tickets left for Winter Tavern Night at the Museum! On December 15, join us for a cozy afternoon of...
12/06/2019

There are only a few tickets left for Winter Tavern Night at the Museum! On December 15, join us for a cozy afternoon of authentic 18th century food prepared by culinary historian Lavada Nahon, including sweet treats commonly served in the homes of the upper and middling classes in the 18th century. Tickets are selling fast! https://qoo.ly/337bs5

Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate Washington's Farewell with us over the weekend! On Sunday, December 1, t...
12/05/2019

Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate Washington's Farewell with us over the weekend! On Sunday, December 1, the Museum welcomed visitors into the historic Long Room to watch a re-enactment of Washington's Farewell Address, live 18th century music, and a colonial costume photo booth. All of the photos from the event are available on our Flickr: https://qoo.ly/336s2m

This holiday season, you can help Fraunces Tavern Museum just by using Amazon! By shopping though https://qoo.ly/336pg9,...
12/05/2019

This holiday season, you can help Fraunces Tavern Museum just by using Amazon! By shopping though https://qoo.ly/336pg9, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to charitable organizations enrolled in the program. To help Fraunces Tavern Museum and its parent organization, Sons of the Revolution in the State of New York (SRNY), sign into Amazon using THIS LINK: https://amzn.to/2D0gC4O and the SRNY will automatically be designated as your Amazon Smile Beneficiary. #NYC #NYCTavern #History #AmericanHistory #AmericanRevolution #GeorgeWashington #Tavern #Amazon #Nonprofit

#OnThisDay, December 4, 1783, George Washington delivered his Farewell Address to his officers in the Long Room at Fraun...
12/04/2019

#OnThisDay, December 4, 1783, George Washington delivered his Farewell Address to his officers in the Long Room at Fraunces Tavern. Colonel Benjamin Tallmadge described the emotional event in his memoir, which is located at the Museum. It reads, "On Tuesday the 4th of December it was made known to the officers then in New York that General Washington intended to commence his journey on that day.

At 12 o’clock the officers repaired to Fraunces Tavern in Pearl Street where General Washington had appointed to meet them and to take his final leave of them. His emotions were too strong to be concealed which seemed to be reciprocated by every officer present. After partaking of a slight refreshment in almost breathless silence the General filled his glass with wine and turning to the officers said, ‘With a heart full of love and gratitude I now take leave of you. I most devoutly wish that your latter days may be as prosperous and happy as your former ones have been glorious and honorable.’

After the officers had taken a glass of wine General Washington said ‘I cannot come to each of you but shall feel obliged if each of you will come and take me by the hand...’ Such a scene of sorrow and weeping I had never before witnessed and fondly hope I may never be called to witness again.”

Join us in celebrating the 236th anniversary of General Washington's Farewell with $1 Museum admission ALL DAY!

TOMORROW marks the 236th anniversary of George Washington's Farewell Address, delivered to his troops in the Long Room a...
12/03/2019

TOMORROW marks the 236th anniversary of George Washington's Farewell Address, delivered to his troops in the Long Room at Fraunces Tavern on December 4, 1783. After nearly a decade of warfare, General Washington was finally ready to return to civilian life. His Farewell Address, in effect, marks the end of his military career. Very few military leaders walk away willingly, but General Washington was ready to settle back into his quiet life at Mount Vernon with his wife, Martha, who was expecting him home by Christmas. Join us in celebrating General Washington's Farewell with $1 Museum admission today, December 3, and tomorrow, December 4.

12/03/2019
Giving Tuesday 2019

Happy #GivingTuesday! Today, please consider making a contribution towards Fraunces Tavern Museum. Your donation will make a #revolutionary difference for a museum that has been diligently working to preserve and interpret the history of the American Revolutionary era for generations. Through your patronage, you are not only providing valuable support to this cherished historic site, which celebrated its 300th anniversary in 2019, but you are also keeping history alive! Donate: https://bit.ly/381YCoL

Tomorrow is #GivingTuesday, the international charitable day of giving! Please consider making a #revolutionary differen...
12/02/2019

Tomorrow is #GivingTuesday, the international charitable day of giving! Please consider making a #revolutionary difference by making a donation to Fraunces Tavern Museum. Fraunces Tavern has been an important part of NYC history for 300 years and its Museum has been educating the public for over a century. Contributed funds will help maintain the Museum's historic structure and expand programming. Through your support, you are helping to keep history alive for generations to come! https://qoo.ly/334tsi

12/01/2019
Happy Black Friday! Shopping for a history lover? Visit the Fraunces Tavern Museum gift shop in person or online, or tre...
11/29/2019

Happy Black Friday! Shopping for a history lover? Visit the Fraunces Tavern Museum gift shop in person or online, or treat the whole family to a year of #revolutionary history. The Fraunces Family Membership includes free, unlimited Museum admission for two adults and children residing at the same address, a discount at Fraunces Tavern Restaurant, and much more. More info: https://qoo.ly/3338dh

Happy Thanksgiving from Fraunces Tavern! The Museum is open today from 2PM to 7PM, so put away those leftovers and have ...
11/28/2019

Happy Thanksgiving from Fraunces Tavern! The Museum is open today from 2PM to 7PM, so put away those leftovers and have a slice of #history for dessert! If you're looking for a #revolutionary way to have Thanksgiving dinner, Fraunces Tavern Restaurant is serving up a special menu during regular hours, too!

Join us on Sunday, December 1st as we celebrate the 236th anniversary of Washington's Farewell Address to his officers. ...
11/27/2019

Join us on Sunday, December 1st as we celebrate the 236th anniversary of Washington's Farewell Address to his officers. The special edition programming includes reenactments of the Farewell throughout the day in the historic Long Room, $1 admission, AND guided Museum tours at 1PM and 2PM. At 3PM, visitors will have a chance to meet General Washington himself! It's a #revolutionary celebration not to be missed!

Consider donating to Fraunces Tavern Museum on #GivingTuesday, December 3. Your contribution will make a #revolutionary ...
11/26/2019

Consider donating to Fraunces Tavern Museum on #GivingTuesday, December 3. Your contribution will make a #revolutionary difference, and live on through the Museum's dedication to preserving and interpreting the history of the American Revolutionary era for generations to come #DrinkToHistory https://qoo.ly/zzzzj6q

#OnThisDay in 1783, after a grueling seven year occupation, the British troops filed onto their ships and left the city ...
11/25/2019

#OnThisDay in 1783, after a grueling seven year occupation, the British troops filed onto their ships and left the city for good. New York City was the last place to be occupied, and the evacuation of the remaining English soldiers marked the end of the War for Independence. General George Washington led his troops in a parade down Broadway, ending at Fraunces Tavern for a celebratory dinner, thus cementing the Tavern's #revolutionary role in the city's history. Raise a glass with #PaulThePewter and have a #DrinkToHistory.

The 1783 Evacuation Day parade may have ended with a dinner at Fraunces Tavern, but in 1883,  Delmonico's Restaurant cel...
11/23/2019

The 1783 Evacuation Day parade may have ended with a dinner at Fraunces Tavern, but in 1883, Delmonico's Restaurant celebrated the 100th anniversary of Evacuation Day with an elaborate banquet. Check out the post from Ephemeral New York here: https://qoo.ly/zzy632

Did you know New Yorkers celebrated Evacuation Day much like how we observe Independence Day today? For over a hundred y...
11/22/2019

Did you know New Yorkers celebrated Evacuation Day much like how we observe Independence Day today? For over a hundred years, New Yorkers held an Evacuation Day parade, military drills, set off fireworks, and declared November 25 an official school holiday for children. One of the biggest Evacuation Day celebrations was the 1883 Centennial: an estimated 200,000 people participated in Evacuation Day festivities. That year, President Chester A. Arthur unveiled the statute of George Washington (which still sits on the steps of Federal Hall), and a descendant of John Van Arsdale, the sailor clad in wooden cleats who removed the final Union Jack back in 1783, reenacted his ancestor's triumph by raising an American flag. Join us this weekend, Saturday November 23 and Sunday, November 24, as we celebrate the 236th anniversary of Evacuation Day with TWO special edition walking tours AND $1 Museum admission on Sunday! Follow in the footsteps of General Washington and his troops as they paraded down Broadway in victory and learn about what it was like to be caught up in a revolution. Tickets: https://qoo.ly/zzxnaf IMAGE: Evacuation Day - Parade of First Division, New York State Militia. Alfred R. Waud for Harper's Weekly. Collection at Fraunces Tavern Museum

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Fraunces Tavern Museum is located at 54 Pearl Street, at the corner of Broad Street, in Lower Manhattan. Subway: R to Whitehall St., 4/5 to Bowling Green, 2/3 to Wall Street, 1 to South Ferry, J/M/Z to Broad Street Buses: M1, M6, M15

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Adult (18+): $7.00 Seniors (65+): $4.00 Students (w/ proof of ID): $4.00 Children (6-18): $4.00 Children (under 5): FREE Active Military (w/ proof of ID): FREE

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Monday 12:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 12:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 12:00 - 17:00
Thursday 12:00 - 17:00
Friday 12:00 - 17:00
Saturday 11:00 - 17:00
Sunday 11:00 - 17:00

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Had dinner after seeing Hamilton today. Appetizers were good, but the menu is limited and the chef did not allow any changes to be made. We had lamb and filet mignon, food good but not good enough to go back again. Really wanted to like this place as the staff were great.
PHOTOS. Today's big Flag Day parade down Broadway and ceremonies at historic Fraunces Tavern.
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New York City's First Public celebration of George Washington's birthday, February 11th 1784. The conversion from the old calendar to the new was also a problem. Washington's birthday was moved from February 11th to February 22nd. This apparently caused a great deal of confusion throughout his lifetime. Frequently one finds dates shown with (New Style, Gregorian Calendar) or (Old Style, Julian Calendar) after it, denoting it as either new style or old style. During his career as a public official and after his retirement to Mount Vernon, Washington appears to have celebrated his birthday on either date. On February 14th 1790, Tobias Lear, Washington's faithful private secretary, responded to a letter of inquiry by writing: "In reply to your wish to know the President’s birthday it will be sufficient to observe that it is on the 11th of February, Old Style; but the Almanac makers have generally set down opposite to the 22nd day of February of the present style; how far that may go towards establishing it on that day I don't know; but I could never consider it any other way than as stealing so many days from his valuable life as is the difference between the old and new styles. With sincere esteem, etc. Tobias Lear" Washington appears to have accepted the new style date in the last years of his life. On February 6, l799, he wrote John Trumbull and mentioned that his granddaughter, Nelly Custis was marrying Lewis, his nephew on his birthday, the 22nd,
Hope everyone enjoys this teacher's creativity! What a fun way to engage students. https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10101169492675935&id=183404261
Found this while cleaning out my dad's house today.
Battle of Brooklyn, 1776, reenactment at Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn. 113 photos in this album.
Is today "cannonball day" for Fraunces Tavern? August 24 1775, In the dark of night American militia in New York captured the cannon battery at the tip of Manhattan. The crew of the HMS Asia (pictured in 1797) saw what was happening and began fire on the raiders. A cannonball from the ship went into town and crashed through the roof of the famous Fraunces Tavern. The Americans captured all 20 cannon.
Do you have your own parking garage or is it just hopefully you'll find somewhere to park?
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It is a pretty yellow and red brick structure that looks like it has been plucked from the 18th century and put down in modern New York.🏠 🍺