Fraunces Tavern

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FRAUNCES TAVERN, at the southeast corner of Broad and Pearl Streets in New York City, is a reconstructed

eighteenth-century house originally built by Stephen De Lancey in 1719. It was opened as a tavern by Samuel Fraunces, a black West Indian man, in 1762 and became a popular gathering place. In the Long Room, on 4 December 1783, Gen. George Washington said farewell to his officers. The Sons of the Revolution purchased the tavern in 1904. Designated a landmark in 1965, the building contains, besides the Long Room, a museum and library devoted to revolutionary war history and culture.


Drowne, Henry R. A Sketch of Fraunces Tavern and Those Connected with Its History. New York: Fraunces Tavern, 1919; 1925.

Rice, Kym S. Early American Taverns: For the Entertainment of Friends and Strangers. Chicago: Regnery Gateway, 1983.

Stanley R.Pillsbury/a. r.

See alsoColonial Society ; Museums ; New York City ; Revolution, American: Political History ; Taverns and Saloons .