Fredericksburg, Virginia is known as the childhood home of George Washington and the location where the Battle of Fredericksburg was fought back in 1862. It also served as a major port during the colonial era.
Walk the streets of the historic district and experience sights of centuries past. The quaint city is home to more than 350 original buildings and mansions from the 18th and 19th century, as well as countless living history museums, shops, restaurants, and art galleries.
Explore downtown Fredericksburg, VA and the 40-block National Historic District.
Fredericksburg’s Historic District
The historic district in Fredericksburg is filled with things to do and see. Start at the Fredericksburg Visitor Center where you can get information on the area’s main attractions and create your own walking tour. Be sure to add the following attractions to your must-see list:
- James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library – Located at 908 Charles Street, the museum serves as the country’s largest collection of documents and artifacts relating to James Monroe, the 5th president of the United States.
- Mary Washington House – Just a few blocks up at 1300 Charles Street is the Mary Washington House where George Washington’s mother lived for the last 17 years of her life.
- Rising Sun Tavern – Built by George Washington’s brother Charles around 1760, the Rising Sun Tavern at 1304 Charles Street is a historic building that later became a tavern in 1792.
- Kenmore Plantation – Kenmore, located at 1201 Washington Avenue, is a brick mansion and the prior home of George Washington’s sister, Betty Washington Lewis. Tour the grounds and the first floor of the home.
- Mary Washington Grave and Monument – Mary Washington was buried in Fredericksburg beside a place she enjoyed visiting, the “Meditation Rock.” You can find her grave and monument at 1500 Washington Avenue.
- Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop – Situated at 1020 Caroline Street, the restored apothecary acts as a museum of pharmacy, medicine, political, and military artifacts.
- Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center – If you would like to learn more about the battles that occurred in Fredericksburg during the civil war, head to the Battlefield Visitor Center at 1013 Lafayette Boulevard.
Fredericksburg National Military Park
The Fredericksburg/Spotsylvania National Military Park acts as a local memorial for the four battles that were fought in the area during the Civil War. Within the park visitors will discover several buildings that also have significant ties to the war, including Salem Church, Ellwood Manor, and Chatham Manor which is the house where Stonewall Jackson died. The park also offers walking tours of the battlefields, as well as two visitors centers containing information and exhibits.
Fredericksburg’s Main Street District
Fredericksburg, VA is a vibrant community that caters to all types, from families to history buffs. One of the best ways to explore the downtown area is with a guided trolley tour that provides guests with entertaining insight on the city’s past. Some key sites on the tour include the Kenmore Plantation, Mary Washington’s home, and the Fredericksburg Civil War Battlefield. These tours run daily at the Fredericksburg Visitor Center, located at 706 Caroline Street.
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