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Jane Austen Ball at Gadsby's Tavern Museum

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George Kitchen leads Cathleen Zaret and Elizabeth and Eleanor Fulham in a right-handed star.

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Jane Peese greets her partner on the dance floor in Gadsby’s Ballroom.

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Mack Gross, Paul and Lorianne Nelson-Carter and Diane Dukta.

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Lynn McAleer, Marilyn Court and Nancy Hadley.

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Teresa Kitchen

Gadsby’s Tavern Museum on North Royal Street was transported back to the 1790s last Saturday, Aug. 15 with the Jane Austen Ball. With live music, people dressed in period attire and danced the same English Country dances that were popular way back then. In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, Gadsby’s Tavern was the center of social and political life in Alexandria and 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.