Mapping Georgetown: Martin’s Tavern

“Sometimes you want to go
Where everybody knows your name
And they’re always glad you came
You want to be where you can see
Our troubles are all the same
You want to be where everybody knows your name.” Cheers!

Madeline Albright once told Billy Martin that she considers Martin’s an extension of her living room.

In addition to the atmosphere, the charm, and the history,  John Kennedy proposed to Jackie here. The Martin family has  a long tradition of being a pillar of the Georgetown community.   If you hang out long enough, you will gather a few stories of your own of how they have unpretentiously and most generously supported their patrons and community in so many ways, way beyond these walls.

How delighted were we to get this authentic, hand written story by Billy Martin!

One of my favorite quotes from one of my father’s stories is when Sam Rayburn and Lyndon Johnson were in the dugout, here at Martin’s Tavern where Sam and my grandfather were discussing politics and Johnson kept trying to get into the conversation and Sam said “Johnson! If you would just shut up, you might just learn something!”

We invite you to share your Martin’s story for our Mapping Georgetown collection. Blank templates can be printed from the home page of, picked up from The Georgetown Public Library or by contacting

To learn more about the Mapping Georgetown project see Marilyn Butler can be reached at

We welcome any reflections you have to share. Thank you for those who have contacted us with these wonderful stories we can all enjoy and pass down. They’re such treasures for Georgetown, by Georgetown! — MB

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