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Gadsby's Tavern Museum
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Ice Well Tweetup

Gadsby's Tavern Museum - July 1, 2012

What is a tweetup?  Why does the City of Alexandria host tweetups?
For general information, please see Alexandria Tweetups.

What was the goal of this event?
The goal of tweetups at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, owned and operated by the City of Alexandria, is to allow people to interact in person and via Twitter with the Museum and its related events. This tweetup was an opportunity to raise awareness of the Museum’s 18th century refrigerator -- the historic Ice Well -- while under restoration. This Ice Well played an important role in Alexandria’s hospitality industry and helped attract the likes of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson through its doors. At the tweetup, participants learned more about this hospitality history of Gadsby’s Tavern Museum and climbed down into the historic Ice Well itself!  Participants tweeted about what they learned before, during, and after the event!

Learn more about the Ice Well and restoration project... 

What was included in this tweetup?
The tweetup was hosted at Gadsby's Tavern Museum (134 N. Royal Street, Alexandria, VA  22314), from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., and included the following program:

  • 1:30 p.m. - 2 p.m.
  • 2 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
    Private Museum Tour
    • Private Tour of Gadsby's Tavern Museum, including pieces not normally on public display
    • Conversation about the history of the Ice Well
    • Discussion with City officials about the City's use of social media
  • 3:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    Exclusive tour of the Ice Well
    • Climb down into the Ice Well
    • Enjoy period Rum Punch in complimentary commemorative insulated cups
  • 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    Ice Well Restoration "Groundbreaking" and Reception

How do I register?
The registration period for this tweetup opened on June 24, and closed on Friday, June 29, 2012.  Registration was for one person and was not transferable. 

What are the registration requirements?
Registration indicates that you intend to participate in the tweetup on July 1, 2012, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., if you are selected to participate.  You will bear any costs associated with travel, accomodations, or meals, other than items served during the tweetup and reception.  You must be at least 21 years old, and you must present valid, government-issued photo identification (such as a driver's license) when you check in at the tweetup.  You must be willing and able to climb a 10-foot ladder down into the well and back up again.  You must agree to use a hardhat provided to you, and follow all other safety instructions.

Do I need to have a Twitter account to register?
This event was designed for people who regularly interact with the City of Alexandria and Gadsby’s Tavern Museum on Twitter. Registration was open to those who follow @AlexandriaVAGov and @JohnGadsby.

Does my registration include a guest?
No; each registration was for one person.  Feel free to encourage your friends to register, too!

What if I cannot come to Gadsby's Tavern Museum, in Alexandria, Virginia?
If you cannot attend in person, you should not register for the tweetup. You can follow the tweetup on Twitter with the hashtags #AlexVATweetup and #IceWell. Follow @AlexandriaVAGov and @JohnGadsby for updates on upcoming tweetups.

When will I know if I am selected?
Gadsby’s Tavern Museum contacted everyone who registered, via email no later than Friday, June 29.  Additional instructions were included for those who were selected to participate.

How can I get more information about this event?
If you have a question or need more information, please Contact Us.

Gadsby's Tavern Museum
134 N. Royal Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Fax: 703.838.4270

Tour Hours:
November to March:
Wednesday - Saturday
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Monday and Tuesday, Closed
Last tour at 3:45 p.m.

April to October:
Tuesday - Saturday
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday and Monday
1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Last tour at 4:45 p.m.

Office Hours
Monday - Friday
by appointment