THE FRAUNCES TAVERN -- WASHINGTON'S FAREWELL

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[54 Pearl Street, Lower Manhattan, New York, May 28, 2011]

I had a business trip to New York City at the end of May. I looked forward to the trip as this would be my first visit to New York since . . . the Christmas of 1954!

New York was where we boarded a ship bound for Brazil, our home for the next two years (1954-56). Happily, our departure was delayed, and we made the most of it. Dad took us to the great museums, famous historical sites, and department stores. Somehow, Santa managed to find our ship and leave toys in our cabin. That was almost 57 years ago. Memories are made of this.

I could not have picked a better time to return to New York. The weather was perfect and the City had rolled out the red carpet for the military. It was “Fleet Week,” and the Nation’s young heroes were everywhere, enjoying all the things there are to do in this great urban center.

On my day off, I rode the subway and explored the City from the Battery to Central Park, and back. I looked for the “Stage Door Canteen” on West 44th Street, where my mother-in-law had worked as a hostess during the Second World War. I walked to the site of the Twin Towers. It is a reverential site. And it is coming back to life!

Our business sessions were held in the Fraunces Tavern. This iconic building is a stone’s throw from Wall Street, the East River, and Battery Park. The area bristles with history.

It was on the second floor of the Fraunces Tavern that General George Washington of Virginia forever cemented his legacy as the “Father of Our Country.” It was here, in 1783, just days after the last British soldier departed American soil, that Washington bade his officers a fond farewell. It was time to lay down the sword and return to the plow.

Like Cincinnatus in Roman antiquity, Washington could have been crowned king. Instead, he chose to go home to his beloved Mt. Vernon, which he had not seen in eight years . . .

As always, thanks for stopping by!

40 responses

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (5 Jun 2011):

    Wonderful photos, Dick! Your narrative adds so much depth to them. I am happy that you were able to make the most of your time in NYC, and to enjoy the historical aspects of it.

  • Roxana Brivent-Barnes

    Roxana Brivent-Barnes   said (5 Jun 2011):

    I wish I could, but here it is in front of me, beautiful!

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett   gave props (5 Jun 2011):

    This is great, Dick!! Glad you had a triumphant return to the Big Apple. As always, I enjoy your narratives with the shots. I would love to take a modern history course with you as the prof!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (5 Jun 2011):

    It sounds like you had a good time walking down memory lane to experience seeing some of the history of past and present.....Great narrative and shots.

  • Margan Zajdowicz

    Margan Zajdowicz   gave props (5 Jun 2011):

    Sounds like you had a great time in the Big Apple!! Nice shot!

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda gave props (5 Jun 2011):

    This is a wonderful old building , such a history to boot, oh and this is an excellent shot, you are making great use of your new camera,,that insert rocks !

  • diana a

    diana a   gave props (5 Jun 2011):

    wow... i've missed your lessons!! great shots!!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (5 Jun 2011):

    This is such a great lesson and another awesome tour. I love both your shots and am so glad you got it from different povs. I remember standing in the spot Washington stood in Baltimore on a field trip. I was already addicted to history but not a fan of remember those dates for test. LOL.

  • Sarah Springer

    Sarah Springer (Deleted) gave props (5 Jun 2011):

    Richard, your images are so interesting both visually and for the stories behind them....nice job!

  • Betty Maxey

    Betty Maxey   gave props (5 Jun 2011):

    Again, your gift with words is so evident. I second what Don said!! Awesome pics too!

  • Adriana Castellanos

    Adriana Castellanos said (5 Jun 2011):

    nice pick!!!!!!!!!!

  • Nancy Richard

    Nancy Richard gave props (5 Jun 2011):

    I don't know how you hold on to all that info, but this is a great shot!!!

  • Alyssa Shain

    Alyssa Shain (Deleted) gave props (5 Jun 2011):

    I love the stories that accompany your pictures. New York is still on my "places to visit" list. Thanks for the info and great picture. :)

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (5 Jun 2011):

    as always, I enjoy reading your narrative and of course the image that comes with it! What is a better way to learn history by just stopping by your webpage. I hope you had a wonderful time in NYC!

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (5 Jun 2011):

    So you got a new camera, eh?

  • Patty Gross

    Patty Gross (Deleted) gave props (5 Jun 2011):

    Wonderful narrative and photograph, Richard!!!! I would love to visit this historical place. You make history so interesting, and I love it anyway, so you only cause me to enjoy it all the more!! Glad you had a good time, and am so happy to know you are back with us!!!!!

  • Ioana Caravan

    Ioana Caravan   gave props (5 Jun 2011):

    Thanks, again, to share!

  • JanElle

    JanElle   gave props (5 Jun 2011):

    What a beautiful historical treasure.. standing tall, in its own way, among the tallest.. love the history lesson, fascinating as always! Thanks for sharing..

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (5 Jun 2011):

    You are the teacher, your words and photos enlighten us my friend.

  • Andrew Lorimer

    Andrew Lorimer (Deleted) gave props (6 Jun 2011):

    When The Student Is Ready The Teacher Appears :) Thanks for the history and your memories Richard :)

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield   gave props (6 Jun 2011):

    Is there going to be a test, because you're schooling us all with your vast knowledge and fabulous photos. I'm sure you could absolutely feel the history surrounding you on your visit. I love the POV in the smaller photo. Did you see Santa anywhere????

  • Christopher J Chalk

    Christopher J Chalk gave props (6 Jun 2011):

    What a beautiful building complemented by that great insert Dick. Such an informative and so very interesting narrative, as always:)

  • Debrah Leonard

    Debrah Leonard (Deleted) gave props (7 Jun 2011):

    I love that old brick. (ha, Susan's comment cracks me up) ! ;-)

  • Yasmina Baggili

    Yasmina Baggili (Deleted) gave props (7 Jun 2011):

    great lesson and awesome shot

  • Zerina Phillip

    Zerina Phillip gave props (7 Jun 2011):

    Love this place. Come again soon to NYC.

  • Zerina Phillip

    Zerina Phillip gave props (7 Jun 2011):

    This story should be an essay. GREAT!!

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (9 Jun 2011):

    Love this shot! And I love the history that comes with your photos. Thanks for always teaching us Richard.

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (9 Jun 2011):

    Reflected glory....or Glory reflected (insert). Such history, Richard, and you tell, and share it so well.

  • Zapata Juan P

    Zapata Juan P   gave props (10 Jun 2011):

    Great shots !

  • Oregon Curly

    Oregon Curly gave props (11 Jun 2011):

    Wonderful shots, perfect perspectives on both. It is hard to imagine such a venerable building there among all the modern sky scrapers. Your narratives are always fascinating, thanks for taking the time to include them. I believe more (all) of todays politicians should follow George Washingtons' example, do a term or two and go home. I believe it was also Washington who opined that 'anyone actively seeking the office should not get it.' Oh how that has been proven time and again since those days. We need a 'restoration' to the founding principles, not continuing 'transformation' away from them.

  • peggy maguire

    peggy maguire said (11 Jun 2011):

    I wish I could have seen all that you have Dick,but it has been made possible through your words and pics !!Thank you.....Peggy

  • Maria Mutch

    Maria Mutch (Deleted) gave props (12 Jun 2011):

    NYC is truly one of my favourite spots--so happy you made a return to it!

  • Debbie Smartt

    Debbie Smartt gave props (12 Jun 2011):

    I love it!

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes   gave props (13 Jun 2011):

    Another memorable tour, Richard. Thank you! Wonderful shots.

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (14 Jun 2011):

    Love the story with this..

  • Joy B

    Joy B gave props (18 Jun 2011):

    Great shot! You should have let me know you were here!

  • Maurie A

    Maurie A gave props (22 Jun 2011):

    Awesome shot, Dick......... History is one of my favorite subjects.......I learn SO much from your posts!!! Thank you for sharing!

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (9 Jul 2011):

    Amazing!!!!!!!!

  • Bailey Cooper

    Bailey Cooper   gave props (20 Dec 2011):

    Has a Maryland Inn (Annapolis) look about it. Also similar to historic architecture in DC. Love these buildings and the the photo.

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