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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  • After a drink in the tavern, we decided to check out the Fraunces Tavern Museum. It is located on the second and third floor of the tavern. It has a lot of interesting artifacts, including a lock of G...  more »
  • A small, compact museum. One of the most interesting things were all the different portraits of Washington. We are so used to seeing the usual one of Washington, and/or the one on the dollar bill. Not...  more »
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  • Cozy atmosphere where you feel like you have stepped back in time. The staff were helpful and accommodating. The menu is varied with great selections to satify all palates. There were five of us dining and the food came out quickly and was delicious. Highly recommend a visit when you are in the financial district.
  • Small but well curated museum of an important part of American and New York history, in a historic building. Not crowded with tourists, so more enjoyable. Recommended as part of historic visit to downtown Manhattan.
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