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Alexandria Tours: The Feminine Side of Gadsby’s Tavern

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In-depth specialty tour offered weekly during Women’s History Month

During Women’s History Month, discover the many roles women played in tavern life. This tour through Gadsby’s Tavern Museum challenges assumptions about a women’s role in the 18th century and how women interacted with the tavern, a place commonly assumed to be just for men.

This specialty tour is offered every Saturday in February. Tour begins at 10 a.m. and lasts approximately one hour.  $15 per person. Space is limited, so advance purchase is recommended.  Tickets may be purchased by calling 703.746.4242 or through the online shop at

As America began as a nation during the late 18th century and emerged in the 19th century, Gadsby’s Tavern was the center of social and political life in Alexandria as well as the new Federal City of Washington. The tavern served as the premier gathering place for residents – including George Washington – and visitors to eat, drink, learn, and influence history.  Tavern keepers John Wise and John Gadsby hosted balls, performances, and meetings, and their accommodations were known as the best by travelers near and far. Gadsby’s Tavern Museum is located at 134 North Royal Street in the heart of Old Town Alexandria and is owned and operated by the City of Alexandria. For more information, please call 703.746.4242 or visit

Mary Wadland

Mary Wadland is the Publisher and Editor in Chief of The Zebra Press, founded by her in 2010. Originally from Delray Beach, Florida, Mary is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Hollins College in Roanoke, VA and has lived and worked in the Alexandria publishing community since 1987.

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