Back in the latter part of the 18th century, Gadsby's was a location where many prominent people visited, ate, drank, socialized and attended meetings and performances. George Washington was a patron, as was John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe and Marquis de Lafayette, to name a few. The tavern is known to have hosted many other domestic and foreign dignitaries as America was establishing herself.
Fast forward to modern day and visitors can still enjoy these buildings.
During your visit you'll get to see the main tavern room where customers stopped to eat, drink, hold meetings and socialize. Business competition was pretty high back in those days so tavern owners had to be creative and come up with ways to draw customers to enter their establishments. It was common to use marketing tactics such as board games, cards and other enticements to attract regulars. This is highlighted in the museum's interpretation. Across the hall from the main room was a small private dining room.
|Ballroom at Gadsby's|
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|A glimpse inside one of the regular hotel rooms of an earlier time at Gadsby's|