Fraunces Tavern

Fraunces Tavern
New York City, New York
National Collegiate Honor’s Council Partners in the Park Independence Hall Class of 2017 in front of Fraunces Tavern, which is a national historic landmark, museum, and restaurant in New York City, situated at 54 Pearl Street at the corner of Broad Street. The location played a prominent role in pre-Revolution, American Revolution and post-Revolution history, serving as a headquarters for George Washington, a venue for peace negotiations with the British, and housing federal offices in the Early Republic. The picture is flanked with Andrew Cuevas in the Tavern holding a USCA Secretary Charles Thomson letter transmitting the USCA Journals and legislation to Governor Samuel Huntington in Connecticut. - For More information please visit NCHC Partners in the Park 2017  
Fraunces Tavern was not a Seat of Government

54 Pearl Street
New York, NY 10004



IMPORTANT UPDATE: We erred, Fraunces Tavern was not the Seat of Government for the last Congress under the Articles of Confederation.   The United States in Congress Assembled convened at the Walter Livingston House, located on 95 Broadway, New York, NY next to Trinity Church in the former offices of the Department of Foreign Affairs.  

In January 1787 US Foreign Secretary Secretary John  Jay requested that the Department be moved into the City Hall in May when the lease of Fraunces Tavern would expire. He was informed that no rooms could be spared for that purpose.  Accordingly, the Department of Foreign Affairs, and the War Department as well, remained in Fraunces Tavern for another year, from May 1, 1787 to April 30, 1788. 

On February 1, 1788,  John Jay wrote a letter to Henry Knox:

 “We have hired for a year the new House of the honorable Walter Livingston Esquire in the Broad way, for the Office of Foreign Affairs and of War, at the rate of 250 pounds and the Taxes. As we shall not have occasion for all the Rooms, it may perhaps be convenient to you to place one or more of the Offices within your Department in the supernumerary ones.”  -- (Selected Papers John Jay, 4: 644

On October 6th, 1788, the USCA took over the second floor offices on 95 Broadway and it was there, not in Fraunces Tavern, that the last Congress under the Articles of Confederation Assembled and subsequently faded away on March 3, 1789.  

For more visit the Walter Livingston House Site


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