The Rising Sun Tavern, Fredericksburg

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#5 of 13 in Historic Sites in Fredericksburg
George Washington’s youngest brother, Charles, built this landmark in 1760 as his private residence. The building became a tavern in 1792.

Today, the “tavern wenches” and male “indentured servants” entertain visitors as though they have just stepped off their coaches into colonial times.
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  • September 9, 2017
    Built by Charles Washington, George's younger brother, in the 1760s, this place screams authenticity. Costumed and very knowledgeable guides will open your eyes to the sometimes shocking realities of ...  more »
  • September 6, 2017
    I took my grandsons, 12 and 9, here as part of our day in Historic Fredericksburg. I enjoyed not only seeing the furniture and decor but also learning about travel and dining behavior in olden times. ...  more »
  • August 30, 2017
    What a great guided tour. Learn about travel in Colonial times. Thank goodness we don't have to spend the night like our Colonial ancestors had to endure.  more »
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  • May 26, 2017
    Step into past.See how​ travelers fared on the road. Wenches describe food,spirits, accommodations & learn origin of frequently used sayings, mind your p's and Q's, for example.
  • December 26, 2016
    Great tour of the Tavern by Gillian
  • September 28, 2014
    Continuing on the occasional trips to historic sites in the Washington DC area and not too far beyond, we drove to Frederick and went to the Rising Sun Tavern. What an interesting site. The tour was great and our guide really brought to life what it was like to live in the 18th century and, even more interestingly, what it was like to travel in the 18th century. I am really glad that I live in an age where there are more amenities when you travel. Nonetheless, I loved stepping back in time and imagining what it would have been like to be living at the time of the American Revolution. Definitely one of the more interesting historical sites that I have been to. I recommend going! The guided tour was fantastic.
  • August 2, 2016
    Fun historical tour with lots of humor
  • September 13, 2016
    Interesting history of Fredericksburg

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