America’s first after-party happened here. After the inauguration of President Washington, this is where they tipped back a few to celebrate.
This is also where Washington said goodbye to the Continental Army:
December 4, 1783 – The Long Room, Fraunces Tavern, New York
Colonel Benjamin Tallmadge reports:
“After partaking of a slight refreshment in almost breathless silence the Gen. filled his glass with wine and turning to the officers said, ‘With a heart full of love and gratitude I now take leave of you. I most devoutly wish that your latter days may be as prosperous and happy as your former ones have been glorious and honorable.’ After the officers had taken a glass of wine the Gen. said, ‘I cannot come to each of you, but shall feel obliged if each of you will come and take me by the hand.’
“Gen. Knox being nearest to him turned to the Commander In Chief Who suffused in tears was incapable of utterance but grasped his hand when they embraced each other in silence. In the same affectionate manner every officer in the room marched up, kissed and parted with his general in chief. Such a scene of sorrow and weeping I had never before witnessed and fondly hope I may never be called to witness again.”over 4 years ago