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You’re searching for a perfect getaway for a weekend or a week, for romance or for family? Historic downtown Fredericksburg offers you the hospitality, variety and easy pace that makes a getaway memorable and relaxing like no other. You can walk to everything in this snug community of historic architecture. A visit to Fredericksburg is at once refreshing and inspiring.
Downtown Fredericksburg has played gracious host to famous and ordinary travelers from many other times. Some of these travelers have come to the area through serendipity, more to find their way in a New World and a budding nation, others when duty called, and still others for the pleasures of an escape into the refreshing charms and rich heritage of Fredericksburg.
The area’s most famous resident, George Washington, came as a child to Ferry Farm in Stafford with his family. Legends from his youth, the home he bought for his mother, the Mary Washington House, his sister’s plantation home Kenmore, and the house his brother built and later opened as a tavern, the Rising Sun Tavern, are all here. Washington’s presence is indelible.
Dotting the historic district are the galleries and studios of artists and artisans, a remarkable assortment of creative souls that enliven the downtown experience. An artist’s cooperative, LibertyTown Arts Workshop, is housed under one roof; other artists create in their own studios. Visitors can witness and even join in the creation of art in various media, see an exhibit opening, or the latest product from an artist’s hand.
Shopping in historic Fredericksburg spans three centuries. Literally unique among shopping districts, every shop in downtown Fredericksburg is a small, one-of-a-kind, owner-operated boutique. Fredericksburg’s specialty antique shops draw keepsakes from rural and urban estates throughout the Southeast. Antique furniture, antique home accessories, antique jewelry and eclectic curious abound at exceptionally reasonable prices. Yet design-savvy decorators who mix-and-match the best of the old with the new will also find snappy collections of contemporary home furnishings and accessories.
Enjoy your visit to downtown Fredericksburg!
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