Today marks 233 years since General George Washington bade farewell to his Officers at New York’s Fraunces Tavern. The event was held in the “Long Room”.
After the British evacuated New York on November 25th, 1783, the Founding Father and his Officer’s convened for a turtle feast. It was a celebratory close to the American Revolutionary War that had ended two months before with the signing of the Treaty of Paris on September 3rd, 1783. The treaty was officially ratified by the Confederation Congress on January 14, 1784.
Fraunces Tavern, located at 54 Pearl St, is a landmark that is still open to the public today and it’s a great spot to drop in for a beer. It still has that old world feel and you can sense the history all around you. The location has a rich background of it’s own aside from the Farewell Address luncheon. It was even bombed in 1975. It’s a rich piece of American history that everyone should get a chance to enjoy when in New York City.
If you’re lucky to be there on this date, you can see a reenactment for only a buck!