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Swanky Speakeasy Was Smashing Success

posted Apr 4, 2014, 8:00 PM by Gadsby's Tavern Museum Society

GTMS had a another fine night at the Tavern March 1st  See our gallery of pictures and videos from our latest return to an earlier era where we were entertained by Doc Scantlin, his band and his fabulous singer Chou-Chou.

GTMS Supports Eagle Project to Improve the Courtyard

posted Jan 30, 2014, 12:03 PM by Gadsby's Tavern Museum Society   [ updated Jan 30, 2014, 12:03 PM ]

GTMS provided most of the funds required to clean-up courtyard behind Gadsby's Tavern Museum including building a fence to hide the trash barrels.  Over 40 Boy Scouts and their family members and friends came together to help the Museum improve its surroundings.  Thad Morgan for the project he did to help him reach Eagle Scout status planned, developed, organized and led the project.

Ice Well Renovations Completed!

posted Jan 30, 2014, 11:55 AM by Gadsby's Tavern Museum Society

While construction on the historic, 18th century hi-tech ice well are complete, fund-raising continues to clear the debt.  Become a part of history and donate to the renovations project through the Office of Historic Alexandria online shop. 

Memorial Service for Peggy Gross

posted May 26, 2013, 1:31 PM by Gadsby's Tavern Museum Society

Memorial Service for Peggy Gross
Gadsby's Tavern Museum hosted a memorial service and reception for the family and friends of Peggy Gross, the late 2012-2013 GTMS president on May 23rd. All of her six children were there from Wisconsin and Alaska to hear about Peggy's dedication to and activities with Gadsby's and other Alexandria historic organizations.  Colleagues from the State Department offered details about Peggy's importance to the missions she carried out in many locations around the world.  Peggy's children and fiance shared their memories of a very busy, loving mom and a dedicated friend.

Peggy will be sorely missed by GTMS, Gadsby's Tavern Museum, and her many Alexandria friends and colleagues.

Peggy Gross

posted Apr 8, 2013, 8:29 AM by Gadsby's Tavern Museum Society   [ updated Apr 30, 2013, 2:50 PM ]

 With deepest regret, we must announce that Peggy Gross, the 2012-2013 President of the Gadsby’s Tavern Museum Society passed away suddenly on March 26th. 

Peggy was an amazing woman, a quiet force who lovePeggy Grossd and was very engaged with her wonderful Wisconsin family of six children and 20 grandchildren. She also was passionate about historic preservation and held leadership positions in several organizations which support education and historic resources in Alexandria.  Before serving as this year’s GTMS President, she had been a member of the GTMS Executive Board for several year. Her outstanding organizational skills made her an asset for both the State Department and several volunteer groups, especially GTMS. Her knowledge of such important but arcane topics as Robert's Rules of Order, constitution-writing, and the intricacies of applying for membership in the Combined Federal Campaign served the Society and the Museum very well.  Peggy will be sorely missed.

The family's obituary announcement can be found in the Wausau Wisconsin Daily Herald 

Gadsby’s Tavern Museum will host a Memorial Service in Peggy's honor
at 2:00PM on Thursday, May 23rd.

Steve Frietas, the 2012-2013 GTMS Vice President, will take on the remainder of Peggy’s term.

Buy a Brick

posted Dec 3, 2012, 7:31 AM by Gadsby's Tavern Museum Society

GTMS selling bricks at Market SquareGTMS is selling bricks taken from the 1970s Bicentennial renovations to the 1793 Ice Well to raise funds for the renovations and improvements currently underway.  Buy a Brick!

Pet Brick Contest Winners

posted Nov 24, 2012, 11:56 AM by Gadsby's Tavern Museum Society

Winning Brick
The winners of the Pet Brick Contest and the gallery showing all the very creative entries is can be seen at the Pet Brick Gallery.  This highly successful contest raised funds for the renovations to Gadsby's Tavern Ice Well, which are now underway at the corner of Cameron and N. Royal Streets.  Want to know more? See the History of the Ice Well.

Renovations Underway

posted Oct 13, 2012, 4:28 PM by Gadsby's Tavern Museum Society

Fence sign
Work continues on the historic Gadsby's Ice Well!  There are signs on the fences that surround the work site telling the story of the ice well.  In case you haven't been able to stop by and read them, you can read them here.

Ice Well Renovations Start Celebration!

posted Jul 3, 2012, 9:06 PM by Gadsby's Tavern Museum Society

Ice Well Renovations Celebration
What better day to celebrate the beginning of renovations to Gadsby's Tavern Ice Well than one where the temperature reached 99 degrees and many of the celebrants had homes too hot to stay for lack of electricity.  The 50 or so folks standing and sweating at the corner of Cameron an N. Royal very much understood the delight 18th century Alexandrians must have felt when they had the opportunity to make use of the ice from Mr. Gadsby's ice well. To see more information about our ice well and the importance of this rare bit of urban 18th century technology see the the Ice Well page with a  the Virginia Department of Historic Resources  Historic Ice Well Slideshow  

Ice Well Renovations Celebration

 Ice Well Renovations Celebration
Ice Well Renovations Celebration
Mayor Bill Euille, new Lifetime GTMS member, provided congratulatory remarks
City dignitaries join the Museum Director and the GTMS Past President for Ribbon Cutting
Stop by to read the informative signs on the Ice Well Renovations Construction site
Although construction has begun, we still do not have all the required funding.  If you want to help us restore this unique bit of Alexandria history, you can

Ice Well Renovations Kickoff Party

posted Jun 28, 2012, 4:22 PM by Gadsby's Tavern Museum Society

Ice Well Construction
Come see the official starting point of the Ice Well Restoration, Sunday, July 1st at 4PM.  A few words at the Ice Well will be followed by a reception in the courtyard.  Let the Museum staff you are coming.

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