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Evacuation Day Dinner

Nov 23 2015

Monday, November 23, 2015
6:30pm – Reception
Flag Gallery, Fraunces Tavern Museum
54 Pearl Street, New York, NY 10004

7:30pm – Dinner
Bissell Room, Fraunces Tavern Restaurant
Business Attire

Early bird pricing: $100/ticket (October 19-23)
Regular price: $125/ticket
Ticket includes both reception and dinner.

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Hosted by The Sons of the Revolution in the State of New York whose mission is to perpetuate the memory of the men who, in military, naval, or civil service, by their acts or counsel, achieved American independence; and to promote and assist in the proper celebration of anniversaries of events relating to the War of the Revolution.

On November 25, 1783, the British Army left New York after occupying the city for seven years. That night, the first American-born Governor of New York, George Clinton, honored George Washington, the Commander-in-Chief, with a banquet held in Fraunces Tavern where thirteen toasts were offered beginning with “The United States of America” and ending with “May the Remembrances of this Day be a lesson to Princes.”

**Tickets are required and are on a first come basis. Space is limited. Payment must be received with reservation.**

Fall Walking Tour: Evacuation Day

Nov 21 2015

evac day

Washington’s Triumphal Entry into New York, November 25, 1783. Print (after F.O.C. Darley), Date Unknown.
Collection of Fraunces Tavern Museum

Saturday, November 21, 2015
11am – 1pm
$20 regular pricing / $15 for Museum members

New York City had been the main base for the British for over 7 years of war. On November 25th, 1783, they filed onto their ships to leave for good; the War for Independence was finally over.

Led by licensed New York City Tour Guide, Fred Cookinham, you will follow in the footsteps of General Washington and his troops as they entered New York in triumph. Picture Fraunces Tavern and the surrounding neighborhood as it looked over 200 years ago. See where the Liberty Boys challenged the Redcoats on their own parade ground. Learn about the people of New York and what it was like for them to be caught up in a revolution. Which side would you have chosen to be on?

Starred in red are some highlights of the tour. The starting location is NOT listed here.



Post-Hurricane Sandy Electrical Equipment Replacement Campaign

Jul 22 2015


09/29/15 UPDATE
We have fulfilled the Scott’s $50,000 matching challenge! To date, we have raised $53,603 bringing our total funding to $641,153 (includes grant). We will continue to accept support as there are always unexpected costs when dealing with buildings that are over 200 years old.

08/05/15 UPDATE
On August 4, Governor Coumo announced that Fraunces Tavern Museum will be awarded a $587,550 grant for the Post-Hurricane Sandy Electrical Equipment Replacement Campaign. This grant will help cover 95% of the total project cost!

But we still need your help. Stanley and Elizabeth D. Scott’s $50,000 matching challenge must still be reached. We have already raised $33,035 to date. Please consider helping us meet the matching challenge!

The Sons of the Revolution in the State of New York’s Fraunces Tavern is an essential part of Lower Manhattan’s culture and American history. Museum attendance has increased in 25% within the last five years, offering a variety of monthly programming and changing exhibitions to over 25,000 annual visitors and the Restaurant is bustling with tourist and locals.

However, the scene at the Tavern was extremely different in October of 2012 after Hurricane Sandy, with winds reaching over 80 miles per hour, swept through the east coast and damaged hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses including Fraunces Tavern.

The destruction caused by the flood waters of Sandy to the historic Landmarked Tavern was staggering. Brackish and sewage water rose eleven feet above street level destroying all of the Taverns utilities systems in the basement.

For forty days, Fraunces Tavern was without electricity, heat, and communications. Led by Executive Director, Jessica B. Phillips, the Sons of the Revolution in the State of New York began around-the-clock efforts to restore the utilities to quickly reopen the doors to the public.

Many of the repaired damages and flood clean-up have been lasting – communications, elevator service, boiler and gas line systems, asbestos abatement, and mold treatment.

However, the building’s electrical system still needs major restoration. According to SW Engineering’s report, the Tavern’s electrical equipment may operate without any problems in the short term but its exposure to “floodwater will corrode at an accelerated rate” ultimately increasing the likelihood of future fires and/or service failures.

The Society must replace all flooded electrical components (wiring, conduits, fixtures, overcurrent devices and switchgear) in order to prevent future fires due to corrosion. This massive and necessary project will cost $614,500.

It would be devastating if a fire were to occur in the five wood framed historic buildings that make up the Fraunces Tavern complex. The safety of the visitors, staff, and history are a top priority for the Society. Honorary Past President and major Museum supporter, Stanley D. Scott understands the urgency of this project. Along with his wife, Elizabeth, the Scotts have generously promised to match up to $50,000 of contributions made to the Post-Hurricane Sandy Electrical Replacement Project.

This coming October will mark the three year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy. Will you join us in keeping Fraunces Tavern safe and accessible?





May 22 2015

"Gen. The Marquis De La Fayette" Artist: Jean Baptiste Le Paon (1736-1785) Engraver: Henry Bryan Hall (1808-1884) Collection of Fraunces Tavern Museum Gift of Louis Bach, 1987


Fraunces Tavern Museum is proud to announce the exhibition opening of Lafayette. This exhibition will open on May 22, 2015 and end in December 2016. The exhibition, Lafayette, will complement the docking of the Marquis de Lafayette’s replica ship, L’Hermione at South Street Seaport occurring on July 4th weekend.


Executive Director and Curator, Jessica B. Phillips, shares, “I’m always excited to put rare objects on display, like Lafayette’s calling card and the general’s sash which the Marquis bled on at the Battle of Brandywine.”


Twenty Lafayette related historic objects, several which have never been exhibited, will be available for view in the Museum’s Loeb Gallery. Accompanying Lafayette’s calling card and the general’s sash, is also a pair of officer’s pistols gifted by Lafayette to fellow Continental, David Miller. All artifacts are from the Museum’s collection.