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 SERVED EVERY PRESIDENT FROM TRUMAN TO BUSH

The Proposal Booth is where Senator John F. Kennedy proposed to Miss Jacqueline Lee Bouvier on Wednesday, June 24, 1953. Ambassador Marion Smoak was here that evening and has told us, “After the Senator proposed, and she accepted, the news ran through the restaurant. That night we didn’t know his future and what it would bring. In hindsight it was great fun to witness a part of history.”

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HISTORY OF GEORGETOWN

In the late 19th century through the early 20th century, Georgetown remained a blue collar laborers’ port, transporting goods in and out of the Washington region. The Martin family was at the heart of the community, familiar with the many that resided, labored and traveled in Georgetown, setting the tone and spirit of Martin’s Tavern.

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Georgetown was the farthest navigable point up the Potomac River for ocean-going boats. After the American Revolution, Georgetown became an independent municipal government of the federal District of Columbia, along with the city of Washington and the city of Alexandria.

exterior of Martin's Tavern
  • 1914 Boston Miracle Braves

    1914 Boston Miracle Braves

    1914 Boston Miracle Braves, year they won the World Series

  • 1914 Boston Braves signed team baseball

    1914 Boston Braves signed team baseball

    1914 Boston Braves signed team baseball

  • Georgetown Prep Basketball 1910-1911

    Georgetown Prep Basketball 1910-1911

    Georgetown Prep Basketball 1910-1911

  • Georgetown University Football 1913

    Georgetown University Football 1913

    Georgetown University Football 1913

  • Georgetown University Baseball

    Georgetown University Baseball

    Georgetown University Baseball, William G. Martin, middle row, third from the left

  • Georgetown Prep Baseball

    Georgetown Prep Baseball

    Georgetown Prep Baseball, William G. Martin, 4th from the left

HISTORY OF THE MARTIN FAMILY

In the late 1890s, William S. Martin traveled from Galway, Ireland to America. Forty years later, he and his son, William G. Martin, opened Martin’s Tavern on the corner of Wisconsin Avenue and N Street NW.

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    1914 Boston Miracle Braves, year they won the World Series

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    1914 Boston Braves signed team baseball

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    Georgetown Prep Basketball 1910-1911

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    Georgetown University Football 1913

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    Georgetown University Baseball, William G. Martin, middle row, third from the left

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    Georgetown Prep Baseball, William G. Martin, 4th from the left