Fraunces Tavern is a national historic landmark, museum, and restaurant in New York City, famous for being the place where George Washington bid farewell to his troops at the end of the American Revolution. Since 1904, the building has been owned by the Sons of the Revolution in the State of New York Inc., who claim it is Manhattan’s oldest surviving building. It is part of the New York Freedom Trail and the American Whiskey Trail. The museum’s mission is to create appreciation for New York City history as it relates to Colonial America, the Revolutionary War, and the Early Republic.
Through the varied exhibitions of art and artifacts relating to the museum’s historic site, the museum aims to create this appreciation through educating the public. Different exhibits include the ‘Long Room,’ the site of General George Washington’s farewell to his officers at the end of the Revolution. The room is a recreation of an 18th century public dining room. The ‘Clinton Room’ is a recreation of a federalist-style dining room, named for New York’s first American governor (George Clinton), who hosted a dinner there for George Washington upon the evacuation of the British troops from New York.
The tavern continues to be a working restaurant and bar, so any visit to the museum can be combined with brunch, lunch, dinner, or tapas/happy hour. The museum offers several variations on tours for groups or individuals, during (or after) museum hours.