Fraunces Tavern Museum, New York City

Fraunces Tavern Museum is a survivor of the early days of New York City. Now registered as a National Historic Landmark with the United States National Park Service, the building was originally built in 1719 as an elegant residence for the merchant Stephan Delancey and his family. In 1762, the home was purchased by tavern-keeper Samuel Fraunces, who transformed it into one of the most popular meeting places of the day. Though it is best known as the site where Washington gave his farewell address to the officers of the Continental Army, in 1783, the tavern also played a significant role in pre– and post-Revolutionary activities. After the war, when New York was the Nation‘s first capi-tal, the tavern was host to the new government‘s offices of the Departments of War, Treasury and Foreign Affairs.

In 1904, the Sons of the Revolution in the State of New York purchased the tavern and hired preservation architect William Mersereau to restore the building to its colonial appearance. Fraunces Tavern® Museum opened to the public in 1907.

Today, the museum complex includes four 19th century buildings in addition to the 18th century Fraunces Tavern building. For over one hundred years, Fraunces Tavern Museum has stood as an historic beacon to this city‘s always changing landscapes and hopes to continue doing so for many years to come.
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  • Fraunces Tavern Museum has American Revolutionary era artifacts, portraits, flags and furnishings on display. Don’t miss the one hour guided tour. (The schedule is on the museum’s website.) Our...  more »
  • The museum & tavern are in the only block of remaining 18th century commercial buildings. A great history lesson on George Washington. The museum is on the two upper floors and has very interesting....  more »
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  • Lots of history lots of information I never knew specially with the background and The Secret meetings. This is a museum on top of a restaurant that no one should miss out on. The food was quite good and Charlie was absolutely a sweetheart. I would recommend anyone and everyone stop in enjoy your meal and definitely go to the museum upstairs listen learn educate yourself this is a part of our history which can never be taken away no matter who you are or where you come from
  • This place is one of the few in New York that actually feels like New England. You can feel the history steeped into the building. There are interesting artifacts everywhere and the food is also very good. A+ atmosphere.

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