History Addicts Are Passionate for Fredericksburg, Virginia

Mary Washington House
Mary Washington House
706 Caroline Street
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Region Northern Virginia
Locality Fredericksburg City
Phone: (540) 372-1216
Phone2: (866) 405-3046
Fax: (540) 372-6587
Email lhill@fredericksburgva.gov
Website www.visitfred.com

George Washington influenced not only Fredericksburg's history, but also the new nation he helped form. The history of the Washington family is also the history of the Fredericksburg region.

Day One:

George Washington's Ferry Farm is the site of George's boyhood home. If he indeed did chop down a cherry tree, it would have happened at Ferry Farm. Archaeologists have unearthed the foundation of the original home and you can visit the site.

Purchased by Washington for his mother in 1772, the Mary Washington House is a simple frame house where she spent her last 17 years.

Kenmore is the elegant plantation home of George Washington's sister, Betty, and her patriot husband, Colonel Fielding Lewis. The house features ornate plasterwork ceilings and overmantels.

Built by Charles Washington, George's brother, as his home, the Rising Sun Tavern was leased as a proper tavern and remains a lively and entertaining site with costumed tavern wenches adding to the spirit of cheer.

Evening Entertainment: Riverside Dinner Theater possesses state-of-the-art facilities and seats 452 guests. Riverside boasts gourmet cuisine served at your table and a commitment to classic Broadway Musicals.

Day Two:

In the Fredericksburg region, on the direct route between Washington and Richmond, were fought four major battles of the Civil War. Two of the battles-Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville are considered to be among Confederate General Robert E. Lee's most brillant victories.

A film at the Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center depicts the actions that took place in the region. Take a short walking tour along the Sunken Road and visit the famous Stone Wall.

Chatham Manor served as Federal headquarters, communications center and hospital during the battle.

Located 13 miles west of town, Chancellorsville Battlefield Visitor Center, is also the site where Confederate General "Stonewall" Jackson was morally wounded by his own troops.

Last Updated: 3/15/2012 4:37 PM