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The Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation's 35th Annual Meeting in 2003
Special Event Saturday August 9- Dinner at City Tavern-- adapted from the pre-meeting notice

Relaxed evening, good food, period music

and lots of conversation

138 South 2nd Street at Walnut Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106

East entry-- City Tavern

West entry

West entry


Saturday, August 9th 6:30pm
Dinner at City Tavern

A little History...
Step back in time and experience the ambiance of an 18th century tavern. At this award winning restaurant, the menu is based on authentiv recipes, updated to appeal to the modern palate. Try colonial ale brewed according to the recipe of George Washington or Thomas Jefferson. Enjoy a delicious meal, period music and the conversation of fellow Lewis and Clark enthusiasts. Reserve your place here at City Tavern, and dine where Jefferson dined and rumors of revolutions were heard.

A little history . . . City Tavern may have been better known to delegates to the Continental Congresses and to the Constitutional Convention than any other Philadelphia building. It was a "large commodious new House…intended to be kept as a genteel establishment." Built in 1773 on the model of a London tavern, it was funded by the subscriptions of wealthy city residents. Operating during the heady events of the next two decades, it was a place for entertainment, for argument and for celebration. On more than one occasion, Washington was met at the city's outskirts by a throng of people and escorted directly to the tavern, there to be toasted and hailed as victorious general or as President. In a less confident period, the newly appointed general donned his uniform at the tavern and left to assume command of the Continental Army before Boston.

During the Revolutionary War, depending on which army was occupying Philadelphia, Loyalists or Rebels danced and sang in the spacious rooms of the tavern. But by the middle of the Federal Period, when Washington lived in the President's House on Market Street--and certainly by the time of Lewis's visits-- City Tavern was no longer the city's "principal hostelry." A victim of poor management, it had been displaced by its rivals. Its new name, the Merchant's Coffeehouse, properly indicated its primary role as an exchange for maritime commerce. A fire partially destroyed the building in 1834. Structures deemed historic today were not necessarily recognized as such in the busy years of the nineteenth century, and in 1854, City Tavern was torn down . . .

. . . only to rise again in 1976 when an exact reconstruction of the original tavern was built in time for the Bicentennial, experiencing a resurrection not accorded to the President's House, and denied to Franklin's home by the lack of adequate architectural record. Now City Tavern stands again in a form that would make it familiar to Washington and Adams. It is very much as it was when Paul Revere came to measure the pulse of rebellion or when Jefferson dined alone. Philadelphians over two centuries ago invited their visitors and friends to the Tavern. We warmly renew the invitation.

Tavern Country Salad

Filet of Salmon with Sherry Cream Sauce OR
English Cut Prime Rib with Yorkshire Pancake

Fresh Fruit Cobbler
Hot Tea or Coffee


Music by Heritage, the duo of John Lionarons and Bill Alberts


Updated August 27, 2003