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The Rising Sun Tavern, Fredericksburg
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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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  • The building is interesting, but the tour is wonderful. You will really gain a sense of the life of the well-heeled as well as the common man in early America. And the tavern was mostly open to men. Y...  more »
  • This site provides a great look into our nation's history in this house built by George Washington's brother Charles. The house soon became a tavern and the rooms are filled with period furniture. You...  more »
  • The Tavern keepers are in traditional dress, very professional but a super fun short tour. You will be informed about many fun sayings that we all say but really didn't know their origin. AAA members ...  more »
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  • Fun historical tour with lots of humor
  • 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.
  • Interesting history of Fredericksburg
  • Fun and entertaining tour...You get to learn the origination if many customs and phrases like"right side up"and where bowling came from.
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