Last week, I visited the time capsule that is the Fraunces Tavern and Museum, as it prepares the celebrate the building’s 300th Anniversary. Although not originally the site of a tavern, the building has had one on site since 1762, while the land was under British rule.
For the last 100 years, the site has operated as both a series of historically styled tavern rooms and as a museum managed by the Sons of the Revolution on the upper floors.
I admit to not being a Revolutionary War history buff, so I went through the Museum quickly. That being said, I grew up and was educated in one of the original 13 colonies- Georgia- and lived for a while in Charleston, SC, another historic settlement. If I had come from another part of the country, the contents of the Museum may have felt less familiar.
I hope that these photos tell a bit of the story. The flag room was particularly interesting. If you are a history buff, I recommend a visit.
I did enjoy strolling around the Tavern block, which has been listed as a New York City Landmark for 50+ years, meaning that it must retain its original character.