Explore Gadsby’s Tavern Museum at a free open house on Saturday, August 5, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. New this summer, Tavern Day features the site-specific public art installation Centennial of the Everyday.
This public-art exhibition features layers upon layers of artistic interventions tucked in among Gadsby’s historic rooms. The contemporary pieces reflect the artists’ extensive research into the 18th and 19th century, with a particular emphasis on the lesser-told stories of women, people of color, and everyday citizens.
Centennial of the Everyday is part of the Office of the Arts’ Time & Place series, a public-art program that explores the intersection of contemporary art with Alexandria’s rich and multifaceted history. The goal of this compelling project is to foster exploration and dialogue about our region’s history and its continued reverberations within our community today.
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 www.gadsbystavern.org.