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Fraunces Tavern Museum
54 Pearl Street New York, NY 10004
Housed in the building where George Washington said farewell to his
officers at the close of the American Revolution, Fraunces Tavern Museum
places particular emphasis on the history of the tavern and Lower
Manhattan during the Revolutionary War period. Fraunces Tavern was 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 turned it into one of the most popular taverns 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-Revolutionary activities. After
the war, when New York was the nation’s first capital, the tavern was
rented to the new government to house the 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 return 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.

Access: Tuesday-Friday 12pm–5pm, Saturday 10am–5pm.
Fees: $3.00 general, $2.00 seniors and children under 18, and free to children under 6 and to members with membership card.
Phone: (212) 425-1778
Category: Museum Collections
Subject: All Subjects
Time Period: English to American Revolution

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