Gadsby's Tavern Museum Society

Preserving the Past to Inspire the Future


Gadsby's Tavern Museum Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, all volunteer organization of civic spirited citizens who are dedicated to raising funds for the preservation, enhancement, and interpretation of the Gadsby's Tavern Museum and its history; as well as the promotion of its many educational, cultural, and outreach programs. We also help keep the spirit of the Tavern alive by holding events where Americans have been gathering for over 200 years.

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Gadsby’s Tavern Museum is a registered National Historic Landmark so designated for its prominent role in the social, economic, political, and educational history of the United States. Comprising a Georgian style tavern built in 1785 and a larger Federal style hotel built in 1792, the buildings are named after John Gadsby, operator of the tavern and hotel from 1796 to 1808.

John Gadsby hosted numerous important statesmen during his tenure. Six early Presidents (Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, and John Quincy Adams) wined and dined at Gadsby’s, as did the Marquis de Lafayette. In fact, George Washington attended the 1799 and 1798 Birthnight Balls held in his honor at Gadsby’s (then known as the City Hotel,) a tradition that continues to today. More of the Tavern's story is told on the Museum's website.


GTMS Annual Membership Party September 11!

We hope you’ll join us on Sunday, September 11 for our FREE Annual Membership THANK YOU Party!

The Membership Party will be held at Lloyd House,
220 N. Washington Street
, from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Street parking in Old Town is free on Sundays. Dress is business casual.

Refreshments will be catered by Alexandria Pastry Shop, and the music will be provided by Steve Hickman, 18th century musician frequently seen playing from the balcony of Gadsby's Tavern Museum Ballroom.

This event is to say thank you to our members for their continuing support! We do ask that you RSVP so that we can prepare for our guests. We also will welcome your friends and colleagues whom you think may be interested in becoming a part of the GTMS community.

Can you see the family resemblance between
these two 18th century Old Town gems?

Come to the Lloyd House and
learn why!

Lloyd House

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