54 Pearl St., Manhattan.
Museum open Monday-Saturday, 12pm-5pm.
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The museum is not wheelchair accessible.
The colonial tavern where George Washington gave a historic speech is today a museum and restaurant
Located in the heart of Lower Manhattan, the Fraunces Tavern Museum is a great place to learn about the struggle for American independence. Visitors can view exhibits on the Revolutionary War, George Washington, and the Sons of the Revolution in a building that has been carefully renovated to its original Revolutionary War era appearance. Historic artifacts on display include strange treasures like a lock of George Washington's hair and one of his teeth. In addition to the historical exhibits, visitors can enjoy a pint and a meal in the tavern restaurant just as the Founding Fathers did over 200 years ago.
Originally built as a home for the wealthy Delancey family, Fraunces Tavern was sold to and renamed for its Revolutionary War era proprietor, Samuel Fraunces. This tavern-popular with both patriots and loyalists-was the location of many historically important events during the nation's early years.
Fraunces Tavern first gained notoriety on a night in August 1775 when a group of American rebels, including Alexander Hamilton, set about dismantling British cannons at the Battery (now Battery Park). When these young patriots were discovered, a British warship in the harbor fired the first cannon ball of the Revolution, which subsequently crashed through the roof of the tavern. Samuel Fraunces, master of the house, was a passionate but secret patriot and used his position to spy on the unknowing loyalists. Fraunces passed information to Continental Army officers, and this loyalty would later secure him a short-lived position as President Washington's steward.
At the end of the war, after the last British soldiers had left America, it was at Fraunces Tavern that George Washington gathered his officers to bid them farewell. Washington was much beloved and delivered a memorable speech in the tavern's famous Long Room. The museum holds in its collection the memoirs of Colonel Benjamin Tallmadge, which document this famed farewell address.
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