Gadsby's Tavern & Ice Well, Alexandria, Slideshow

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Popularity in the 19th Century.

Known as the City Hotel throughout the 19th century, long after Gadsby's departure the business continued to thrive, even through hard times.
   During the Civil War, the buildings were considered a “tourist attraction” for their association with George Washington.
   These are the earliest known photographs of the tavern buildings and the only two images of the establishment during the Civil War. It is thought that the bottom photograph includes Francis H. Pierpont, Governor of the Restored Government of Virginia, who was temporarily headquartered at the City Hotel. 

(Photos courtesy of the Alexandria Library, Special Collections)