The City Hotel, as Gadsby’s Tavern was called in the 19th century, was a popular tourist attraction during the Civil War for journalists and Union officers alike because of the site’s famous connection to George Washington. Innkeeper Samuel Heflebower was able to take advantage of this and remained profitable during this challenging time for the city. In 1863, Governor Francis H. Pierpont organized the Restored Government of Virginia from his City Hotel suite. Tours of the Museum will focus on the hotel’s role in occupied Alexandria. An annual Civil War Ball is held in the historic Ballroom.