Gadsby's Tavern Museum, ca. 1785 tavern and the 1792 City Hotel. Named for Englishman John Gadsby who operated them from 1796 to 1808. The center of political, business, and social life in early Alexandria. The tavern was the setting for dancing assemblies, theatrical and musical performances. George Washington's inaugural ball was held here. Other prominent patrons included John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, and the Marquis de Lafayette.