Today was free museum day. Even though I have been to Fraunces Tavern several times before, I decided to go again because I haven’t been back in years. The museum closes at 5pm and I got there at 4:20pm. I started in the room where George Washington said goodbye to his troops. There was a docent telling stories in this room. The room was packed with people and I had a gentleman right on my back. The docent explained that the alcohol was over 100 proof back then. So they would take a punch bowl and fill it with 50% water and 50% alcohol. They would then add sugar and nutmeg to it. The bowl would be passed around and people would pour into their mugs. They didn’t believe in germs back then. She also talked about the term spring cleaning, which meant that’s the time of the year you would clean your clothes. The clothes could dry outside in the spring. She was talking for a while so I decided to visit the other rooms plus I didn’t like that I gave the right answer to a question and she gave the credit to the man in front of me who said salt (the answer was sugar cane). Pictures weren’t allowed in this room. The cashier said it is because the items in the room are lent to the tavern and the owners didn’t want people taking pictures of them.
The next room was filled with images of Washington. The room next to that one belonged to George Clinton. He was Vice President of the US and the first Governor of New York. The wallpaper in his room was beautiful. Next I headed to a room with a DVD player. I didn’t feel like listening to it.
I went upstairs to the Sons of Revolution room. The Sons of Revolution used to meet in the tavern during the American Revolution. The room contained Washington’s hair and teeth. The next room had some letters. After that was a room that showed the evolution of the American flag. Then there was a room of random artifacts. The last room was of different revolutionary paintings. They were beautiful. Sadly no pictures were allowed.
I went to the gift shop and bought two pens. They were $2 each and I usually see them for $6. I also bought 3 postcards at 50 cents each.
On a side note my mom also took advantage of the free museum day. She went to the Mount Vernon Hotel.