Did you know…that Fraunces Tavern served as the meeting place for the Sons of Liberty, and that George Washington delivered his farewell address to his Revolutionary War officers there in 1783? Located in the present-day Financial District, on the corner of Pearl and Broad Streets, the two-tone Georgian Fraunces Tavern was originally erected in 1719 as a home for the prominent Delancey family. In 1762, Samuel Fraunces purchased the building from the family and converted it into a tavern. After the Revolutionary War, when the country struggled under the Articles of Confederation, the Tavern housed the Continental Congress. Over time, the Tavern became the home of several agencies of the federal government, including the Departments of Foreign Affairs, Treasury and War. Today, the historic building hosts a colonial style restaurant and a museum containing displays of 18th and 19th century American history. Visitors to the museum can enjoy lectures, craft workshops and concerts.
For a view of Fraunces Tavern, visit our Virtual Tour.