Going Old School in Fredericksburg

Goolrick's Pharmacy
The General Store
Goolrick's Pharmacy
Fredericksburg Visitor Center
706 Caroline Street
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Region Northern Virginia
Locality Fredericksburg City
Phone: (800) 678-4748
Website www.visitfred.com

If you dig down home cookin', sweet treats, care-free outdoor fun, and flea market finds then you'll love Fredericksburg Virginia.

Back in the day – the local pharmacy served up sweet treats. That's still the deal at Goolrick's Pharmacy, which has been serving up sodas in various flavors, from cherry to chocolate since 1912, making it the oldest soda fountain in the nation! The shop also features cheap treats like egg salad and PBJ sandwiches.

Custard is king at Carl's Ice Cream, a family owned ice cream stand that has been in business for more than 50 years. A destination in itself, Carl's is a blast from the past epitomizing what a 1950's community ice cream stand was all about.

Mary "Mom" Brown has been slingin' homemade slaw and pork bbq from century-old recipes for nearly 50 years at Allman's Barbeque, Fredericksburg's original barbeque landmark since 1954.

Now from the side of the road Battlefield Family Restaurant may not look like much – but go on in and you'll get a belly-busting meal for less than ten bucks. This no frills family run restaurant has been a Fredericksburg landmark since 1951 and continues to be a favorite among locals lookin' for home style breakfast and lunch eats every day of the week.

Killer burgers, Italian fare and more are the name of the game at The General Store, a local and popular family restaurant that has been a favorite place for grub among college kids and families alike for more than 30 years.

Old Mill Park has long been a favorite place among locals looking for old-school outdoor fun along the Rappahannock River. Pack a cooler, grab a grill, and chill out for the day of at one of the Burg's favorite parks.

State Parks have been Virginia treasures for more than 75 years and Lake Anna State Park is a gem. Take a dip in one of Virginia's most popular lakes, and enjoy the park's swimming beach, bathhouse-concessions complex, boat launch facilities, hiking trails, panning for gold and nature programs and more.

Get you shop on at The Virginia Bazaar, a 67,000 square foot mecca for bargain hunters, flea market enthusiasts, and folks who just love fun shopping located just 20 minutes south of Fredericksburg.

Leeches, lancets, and snakeroot are all part of the Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop, an 18th century doctor's office and pharmacy. Get the scoop on Colonial medical practices from back in the day in this 18th-century building.

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Last Updated: 1/5/2012 5:33 PM