Gadsby’s Tavern Museum to Host Anniversary Ball on November 12

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Celebrate the opening of John Wise’s new room in 1785 with an evening of dancing on Saturday, November 12!  Wise, who built the tavern in 1785, opened his long room on November 17 that same year, and this Anniversary Ball recalls the occasion.

At a special anniversary reception beginning at 7 p.m., enjoy an exclusive preview tasting of the new Winter Menu by Klaus Keckeisen, executive chef of Gadsby’s Tavern Restaurant.

The ball begins at 8 p.m. and features a variety of English country dances, live music, dessert collation, and cash bar. Period costume optional; “after-five” attire encouraged. Tickets for the reception and ball are $75 per person, and tickets for the ball only are $45. Advance reservations are required. Tickets may be purchased by calling 703.746.4242 or through the online shop at

In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, Gadsby’s Tavern was the center of social and political life in Alexandria and 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.

Gadsby’s Tavern Museum is located at 134 North Royal Street in the heart of Old Town Alexandria.

For more information, visit or call 703.746.4242.