National Geographic : 1953 Jan
18 National Geographic Photographers Robert F. Sisson and Donald McBain George and Martha Washington Sample the Punch at 200-year-old Gadsby's Tavern Once a year Alexandria's Little Theater revives the colonial theater, and a make-believe Colonel and Mistress Washington join the audience to watch a play that the Washingtons themselves might have seen. Details are exact, from lace ruffles to white wigs, but most authentic of all is the site, Gadsby's Tavern in Alexandria. The older of two buildings which make up Gadsby's was built in 1752, the newer in 1792. There George Wash ington ate many a meal, danced many a minuet, and presumably watched plays by itinerant troupes. Lantern boys meet guests in the courtyard, a white-wigged innkeeper greets them, and a pretty colonial maid shows them to seats. Programs in old-style type warn gentlemen that they "cannot poffibly be admitted behind the Scenes." Little Theater members take turns playing George and Martha.