The collections of the Sons of the Revolution and Fraunces Tavern Museum include
more than 200 replicas of Revolutionary War flags, more than 50
valued paintings of the era, an extensive selection of weapons and
equipment of the period, a substantial collection of 18th century
furniture and furnishings, and personal effects of George Washington
and his compatriots. The Library holds many significant documents,
including orders signed by Washington, letters written by Hale and
the orderly book of Washington's spymaster Benjamin Tallmadge.
The Sons of the Revolution in the State of New York is the oldest
society formed as a genealogical organization to promote the memory
of the wartime sacrifices. Similar organizations were formed in
other states and the New York Society and the Pennsylvania group,
along with a newly created chapter in Washington, D.C., formed a
General Society in 1890.