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Evacuation Day Dinner

Nov 21 2016

Monday, November 21, 2016

6:30pm – Cocktail Hour
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 17-23)
Regular price: $125/ticket
Ticket includes both reception and dinner.

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 19 2016

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 19 & Sunday, November 20
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.


Colonial Cocktails: Milk Punch

Oct 27 2016

Thursday, October 27

Doors open @ 6pm / Presentation @ 6:30pm
$25* – Public / $20* – Museum Members


Harken back to Fraunces Tavern’s heyday with noted restaurateur, Eamon Rockey, who will present a how-to presentation on the popular colonial cocktail, Milk Punch. Experience the brewing process of an authentic Milk Punch concoction, while learning about the historical significance of this drink, as presented by public historian Kathleen Hulser. Discover how colonials mixed and matched ingredients to concoct drinks that suited the Patriot palette as you quench your thirst for history with your own Milk Punch!

This event will take place in the Flag Gallery, located on the fourth floor, of Fraunces Tavern Museum.

*Ticket price includes two Milk Punch drinks, seat reservation for the presentation, and after-hours access to the Museum.
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Eamon Rockey
grew up in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, the son of two professional chefs who sparked his passion for food and encouraged him to enter the kitchen. At age 14 he started working after school at Sakura, Hattiesburg’s only sushi restaurant at the time. He later attended the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, where he pursued his Bachelor’s Degree and focused on the service side of the hospitality business. Upon graduation, Eamon moved to New York City, where for the past ten years he has worked his way up in dining rooms at acclaimed restaurants such as Gilt, Eleven Madison Park, Atera, and Aska. When not at Betony, Eamon enjoys cooking, collecting food and beverage-related books, exploring new restaurants, as well as biking and the performing arts.


Kathleen Hulser
is a public historian with a particular interest in the social history of New York City. She has taught the history of ice cream at Ample Hills Creamery in Brooklyn, as well as conducted walking tours that explore New York City’s buildings and people. Hulser has taught classes in history and American Studies at Pace, The New School and New York University. She was public historian at the New-York Historical Society for 11 years, where she curated several shows on the colonial and early Federal era. More recently she was curator at the Museum of the American Gangster. Hulser now is the curator of the New York Transit Museum.

2016 Annual Giving Campaign

Sep 13 2016


Make a revolutionary difference by making a donation to our Annual Giving Campaign!


For over a century, Fraunces Tavern Museum has existed to tell the story of early American life and the fight for independence. In the last five years the Museum has successfully focused on fulfilling its mission, increasing our reach, and staying relevant. We have doubled our available slots for Education Programs, which is consistently reserved by New York City school teachers months in advance. And just this year, we successfully installed open access features for visitors who are hard of hearing.

But in order to continue to be successful, we need your help. Through this appeal, the first in many years, our goal is to raise $100,000 in order to provide the best and most accessible programming for the upcoming year. Your contribution will go towards strengthening our Museum programs, such as the Education Programs, monthly evening lectures, seasonal walking tours, and Museum open houses.


Fulfilling Our Mission

Since 2010, Museum visitorship has increased by 55%. Fraunces Tavern Museum receives government grants that help to subsidize some program expenses but not all. We rely on individual contributions to ensure all of our programs will succeed and our mission, fulfilled.

*Hurricane Sandy

Capital funding for Façade Restoration Project, completed in 2015


What Your Support Could Look Like

$50 could provide preservation materials for one artifact’s lifetime
$100 could enable 30 children to visit the Museum
$200 could subsidize the cost of one evening lecture
$500 could fund the Fraunces Tavern Museum Book Award
$1000 could feed 200 students marching in our annual Flag Day Parade


Will you support Fraunces Tavern Museum?


Post-Hurricane Sandy Electrical Equipment Replacement Campaign

Jul 22 2015


04/27/16 UPDATE
We have received the first payment towards this campaign! Thank you to the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation.

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?