GTMS had a another fine night at the Tavern March 1st See our gallery of pictures and videos from our latest return to an earlier era where we were entertained by Doc Scantlin, his band and his fabulous singer Chou-Chou.
GTMS provided most of the funds required to clean-up courtyard behind Gadsby's Tavern Museum including building a fence to hide the trash barrels. Over 40 Boy Scouts and their family members and friends came together to help the Museum improve its surroundings. Thad Morgan for the project he did to help him reach Eagle Scout status planned, developed, organized and led the project.
While construction on the historic, 18th century hi-tech ice well are complete, fund-raising continues to clear the debt. Become a part of history and donate to the renovations project through the Office of Historic Alexandria online shop.
Peggy will be sorely missed by GTMS, Gadsby's Tavern Museum, and her many Alexandria friends and colleagues.
With deepest regret, we must announce that Peggy Gross, the 2012-2013 President of the Gadsby’s Tavern Museum Society passed away suddenly on March 26th.
Peggy was an amazing woman, a quiet force who loved and was very engaged with her wonderful Wisconsin family of six children and 20 grandchildren. She also was passionate about historic preservation and held leadership positions in several organizations which support education and historic resources in Alexandria. Before serving as this year’s GTMS President, she had been a member of the GTMS Executive Board for several year. Her outstanding organizational skills made her an asset for both the State Department and several volunteer groups, especially GTMS. Her knowledge of such important but arcane topics as Robert's Rules of Order, constitution-writing, and the intricacies of applying for membership in the Combined Federal Campaign served the Society and the Museum very well. Peggy will be sorely missed.
The family's obituary announcement can be found in the Wausau Wisconsin Daily Herald
Gadsby’s Tavern Museum will host a Memorial Service in Peggy's honor
at 2:00PM on Thursday, May 23rd.
Steve Frietas, the 2012-2013 GTMS Vice President, will take on the remainder of Peggy’s term.
Pet Brick Gallery. This highly successful contest raised funds for the renovations to Gadsby's Tavern Ice Well, which are now underway at the corner of Cameron and N. Royal Streets. Want to know more? See the History of the Ice Well.
read them here.
What better day to celebrate the beginning of renovations to Gadsby's Tavern Ice Well than one where the temperature reached 99 degrees and many of the celebrants had homes too hot to stay for lack of electricity. The 50 or so folks standing and sweating at the corner of Cameron an N. Royal very much understood the delight 18th century Alexandrians must have felt when they had the opportunity to make use of the ice from Mr. Gadsby's ice well. To see more information about our ice well and the importance of this rare bit of urban 18th century technology see the the Ice Well page with a the Virginia Department of Historic Resources Historic Ice Well Slideshow
Although construction has begun, we still do not have all the required funding. If you want to help us restore this unique bit of Alexandria history, you can
Let the Museum staff you are coming.