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Gadsby's Tavern Museum is located at 134 N Royal Street Alexandria. The museum consists of two buildings, the c. 1785 tavern and the 1792 City Hotel, which were operated by Mr John Gadsby from 1796 to 1808. The tavern was once an area used for dancing assemblies, theatrical and musical performances as well as meetings of local organizations. The Ballroom of the Tavern hosted George Washington's Birthday Ball and Thomas Jefferson's Inaugural Banquet. The complex was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1963 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1966. The museum currently offers special programs, tours and the hosting of private and special events. There is also a dining area serving lunch and dinner. Persons also have the choice of exploring the museum on guided or self-guided tours. At the Museum Shop on may buy products such as private label wine, holiday ornaments and a variety of books about taverns in America. Gadsby's Tavern Museum offers a variety of educational programs such as School Programs, Adult Programs, Homeschool Programs, Camp and Daycare Programs, Scout Programs, Special Needs Program and Educational Outreach Kits.
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