|Fraunces Tavern, 54 Pearl St.|
Lower Manhattan, NY
A visitor to New York can step back in time and touch our Colonial and Revolutionary past with a tour of Fraunces Tavern on 54 Pearl Street in lower Manhattan http://frauncestavernmuseum.org/. In this haunt of old New York you will find a selection of draft beers, oysters, and American history. This is a beautifully-restored colonial tavern that was founded by Samuel Fraunces in 1767. It was in the Long room of Fraunces tavern in 1783 that General George Washington bade an emotional farewell to his officers after winning victory in the American Revolution. He had hoped to retire peacefully to his farm at Mount Vernon. It was not to be.
|George Washington Life Mask|
Morgan Library, NY
|GW: "The Indispensable Man"|
|Commander K. and George Washington|
Wall and Broad, NY
|54 Pearl Street, NY|
|Commander K. + GW|
Union Square, NYC
|An American Treasure|
It was Washington's sterling reputation for integrity and his incorruptibility that made him the rarest of all creatures -- a successful nation-builder.
If you don't find that important or relevant just consider the contrasting state of affairs in Afghanistan today. Hamid Karzai's recently assassinated brother (Ahmed Wali Karzai) made a fortune off of illegal drug trafficking. Billions of dollars of American and Western aid to Afghanistan has found its way to bank accounts in Dubai and Switzerland.
|Dining Room, Fraunces Tavern|
|Don't Tread on the Commander!|
|Flag Gallery, Fraunces Tavern|
Special thanks to Marco Kelly my photographic assistant!