Skip to main content

Gadsby's Tavern

Gadsby's Tavern

A historic tavern and museum dating from the years following the American Revolution and frequented by presidents and patriots.

Enjoy a meal where George Washington used to drink and dine. Before heading home, visit the exhibits next door. The museum consists of a 1785 tavern and the 1792 City Hotel, both operated by Englishman John Gadsby from 1796 to 1808. Other prominent patrons included John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and the Marquis de Lafayette.

We hope you enjoyed this essay.

Please support this 70-year tradition of trusted historical writing and the volunteers that sustain it with a donation to American Heritage.

Donate