Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Martha Washington Tea

Hannie & I had a thrilling time at the Martha Washington Tea at Gadsby's Tavern Museumon Sunday. An expert guide, dressed as the first, first lady herself, instructed us on fashion, deportment, tea ceremonies, and dancing. Our favorite was learning how to dance the steps George Washington himself designed to the tune "Yankee Doodle Dandy." If your in Alexandria anytime, check out this amazing bit of colonial history.

(Gadsby's tarvern is a preserved historical tavern which hosted George Washington, John Adams, & Thomas Jefferson. There is a ballroom upstairs which hosts 18th dance classes and an annual Jane Austen ball. The downstairs tavern is also a restaurant with 18th food. There are "toddlers at the tavern" family time for $15 per family each month. The Martha teas are repeated every three months.)


  1. Oh, that sounds so delightful it actually made me tear up a little. I eat that stuff up!

    I so miss DC. We lived there for two years (engaged during one, married during the other.) I adored my church and job and being able to walk everywhere I needed to go.

    Sigh. Our family reunion is there for Thanksgiving this year. I'm going to suggest we eat the Thanksgiving meal at this tavern. What fun!

  2. I'm so glad you liked this post. I could actually go on and on about all the fun stuff we learned about, but I was worried it would be too boring for others to read. Glad to know that there are other history buff out there.

    Enjoy your Thanksgiving visit!