The French Marquis de Lafayette, came to the colonies at the age of 19 with the spirit of freedom. He built a strong and lasting personal relationship with George Washington and became an officer in the Continental army. He is recognized as a hero of the American Revolutionary War. His death in 1834 was mourned across America.
In the exhibition one can view 20 artifacts relating to Lafayette, including his calling card, general’s sash and a pair of French officer’s pistols.
Ends December 2016
Defining Lines: Maps From the 1700s & Early 1800s
Come explore the landscapes of America’s early history, as seen in maps of the 1700s and early 1800s. This exhibit examines the detailed depictions of an emerging nation as portrayed by cartographers. The 27 exhibited maps provide a wider perspective to the evolving nation’s place in history, including a never before seen map from 1804 depicting the United States’ postal routes.
Ends June 1, 2016
Keeping the Revolution Alive: The John Ward Dunsmore Collection
John Ward Dunsmore (1856-1945) was best known for his realistic and accurate genre paintings of the events surrounding the American Revolution and Early Republic. He not only painted the Revolution, but kept the spirit of that struggle alive for the nation in the early 20th Century. His dutiful research and attention to detail lead to the creation of vivid paintings that became a part of the nation’s historical imagery.
Dunsmore’s works have been reproduced on items ranging from school children’s textbooks to the Library of Congress’s website. This exhibition displays a chronology of the Revolutionary War as depicted by Dunsmore. All of the paintings in this gallery have been restored in the past ten years of a the strong conservation campaign of the Museum staff and board.
The John Ward Dunsmore collection exhibited in the special Dunsmore Gallery, returns these paintings to their rightful place in the iconography of American culture.
A Stoic Countenance: Portraits of George Washington
Honoring Elizabeth and Stanley DeForest Scott
Few individuals have been as honored and revered in American history as George Washington. Elected as the rebellion’s military leader in 1775 as Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army, and eventually unanimously elected as the first American President, he embodied the spirit of the American people.
Washington was a symbol of popular political participation and resistance to authority, while also being a champion of law and order. He possessed numerous virtues including duty, bravery, and loyalty that continue to inspire respect and emulation. These attributes along with his impressive physical stature moved numerous artists to create portraits of Washington during his lifetime.
The majority of the prints on display in the exhibition were issued during the last quarter of the 18th century, and seen together they give a rare glimpse into the attitudes and perspectives of that period.
The Long Room
On the second floor of 54 Pearl Street is the Long Room. It is the site of General George Washington’s famous farewell to his officers at the end of the Revolution. This period room is a re-creation of an 18th century public dining room based on extensive research of inventories and estates of tavern keepers of this period.
Washington’s farewell to his generals who survived the war was an emotionally charged address. One attendee of the event was Colonel Benjamin Tallmadge, who described the event many years later in his memoirs, “With a heart full of love and gratitude I now take leave of you. I most devoutly wish that your latter days may be as prosperous and happy as your former ones have been glorious and honorable.” The memoir is currently on view in McEntee Gallery.
The Clinton Room
The Clinton Room is a recreation of a federalist style dining room. The room is named for George Clinton, New York State’s first American governor who hosted a dinner party for General George Washington at Fraunces Tavern to celebrate the British evacuation of British troops from New York on November 25, 1783.
The Clinton family donated the beautiful Zuber wallpaper that currently hangs in this room. It is one of only eleven surviving examples of the original sets designed in France in1838. The room boasts many pieces of Chippendale furnishings, as well as original Chinese export porcelain. Clinton keeps an eye on this room from his portrait, which hangs above the fireplace and his sword.
History of the Sons of the Revolution in the State of New York (SRNY)
Located above the Long Room, this exhibit explains the history of the organization that saved Fraunces Tavern. Visitors can learn about the SRNY and its community involvement through the displays of artifacts, images and plaques, which are kept in original early 20th century museum cases, built by Tiffany & Company.
A Flash of Color: Early American Flags and Standards
Over forty of the more than 200 flags from the collection are on display in the Kathryn & Shelby Cullom Davis Education Center for American History. In this exhibit visitors will learn how the design and colors of the American flag developed. Flags representing the states and French regiments who fought for the cause are also on display.
Collection & Library
Going live in 2017! The Museum’s Collection will be an online searchable database in 2017.
Rights and Reproduction
If you are seeking reproductions of images from the collections of Fraunces Tavern Museum for personal use, filming and those needing permission for limited scholarly or commercial use in any medium you must submit an Image Reproduction Contract.
All reproduction, public display, or distribution of an image from the Museum’s collection from any copy format (digital or print) via any medium requires the permission of the Museum. The Museum determines and collects a permission fee for such uses and provides high-resolution digital files for reproduction purposes. Fees will vary depending on the specifics of each request.