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Monday, July 17, 2017

Gadsby's Tavern

Friday, July 14th Dan and I took a break from the regular day routines to be tourists in Alexandria, Va.

Here is one of the spots we stopped by to see.

It's a self guided tour and being a very hot day we went up the stairs to the third floor dormer level - top floor on the left side below - to start our tour.

There are two bedchambers there which were let to guests.

The bed above would have slept three people the signage said.

The second chamber had three beds.

The wooden device on this bed was to tighten the cords so the bed ticking wouldn't sag.

To the question "Which cost more: a meal or bed?"

This bed had no frame.

Down on the second level was the Assembly Room.

Here are the stairs down from the bedchambers above.

 The tavern had a ballroom - here filled with an art exhibit.

Notice where the musicians sit, above the ballroom floor.

Here's a portrait of John Gadsby who propelled the tavern to fame.

On the first floor was this private eating room and

the public one. The tavern is still a restaurant but we didn't venture to that side.

We did pause to play three games with this board.  Dan one best 2 out of 3.

The Gadsby Tavern at 134 North Royal Street is owned and operated by the City of Alexandria.

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