Gadsby’s Tavern Museum Society Celebrates 20 Years


James Huck and Jeanne Defliese donated a cake replica of the tavern museum for the anniversary party

The members of Gadsby’s Tavern Museum Society hosted an ice cream social on June 24 in the assembly room at the tavern museum before adjourning to the ballroom for the annual meeting and election of new board members. Outgoing president Danny Smith recognized founding board member Kim Sheridan. Sheridan and Smith invited Mayor Bill Euille to say a few words and after which, they presented the Mayor with a lifetime honorary membership to the Society.

The Gadsby’s Tavern Museum Society was formed in 1992 as a private citizens' group designed to provide on-going support for the preservation, development and interpretation of Gadsby’s Tavern Museum.


Outgoing president Danny Smith welcomes Charlize Sowers to the ice cream social. The ice cream was donated by Steve Brown, the owner of the S. Union St. Ben & Jerry’s.

The support of the museum has taken many forms, including: the purchase of reproduction items for the museum when period tavern pieces are not available (bed hangings, window treatments); improvements to help operations of the museum (shelving for the shop, items for the docent lounge) and funding for advertising museum events and facilities. The society members also act as advocates on behalf of Gadsby’s Museum in Alexandria City budget or other debates, provide


Founding Society board member Kim Sheridan pins the lifetime membership onto the lapel of Mayor Bill Euille.

financial support to museum programs, promote the museum and its activities and organize fundraising campaigns to help the museum with major purchases and improvements. The present major renovation campaign is to restore the Tavern's unique urban Ice Well. Incoming president of the Gadsby’s Tavern Museum Society is Peggy Gross.