Gadsby's Tavern Museum in Alexandria, Virginia, consists of two buildings, a 1785 tavern and the 1792 City Tavern and Hotel. In those seven years, the young Republic began to take shape through the conversations and choices being made in these tavern spaces. Named for Englishman John Gadsby, who operated the tavern and hotel from 1796 to 1808, the businesses were central to Alexandria's port-based economy, offering spaces to dine, entertain and spend the night. Notable patrons included George and Martha Washington, Thomas Jefferson and the Marquis de Lafayette. Located at 134 North Royal Street, the museum tells the story of all people who interacted within these spaces as they negotiated daily life in the early United States. Guests can walk through the buildings at their own pace and immerse themselves in the stories of the tavern or enjoy the interaction of a guided tour that delves into the complexity of the times. Outside the museum see the historic Ice Well, which provided the tavern with a ready supply of ice to cool beverages or help to make the new dessert of the day, ice cream. The collections are wide and varied, from ceramics to furniture, each object telling the story of the evolution of hospitality in the 18th and 19th centuries. Showcasing the 20th century, the photographic collection documents the journey from run-down buildings to world-class museum. Marvel at John Gadsby's silver, which consists of cutlery, serving platters, chafing dishes and wine chillers.