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While not serving food or drink since 1827, the Rising Sun Tavern Museum provides a lively interpretation of late 18th-century Tavern life.
Charles Washington, George Washington's youngest brother, built this landmark in the 1760's as his private residence. After being sold outside the Washington family, the building was leased as a tavern in 1792. Operating as a stopover for travelers for 35 years in the bustling town of Fredericksburg, it was a popular diversion for travelers and locals alike.
Today, costumed guides entertain visitors as though they have just stepped off their coaches into the late 18th-century life. See how bygone visitors slept, learn what they ate and drank, and immerse yourself in the now eccentric customs of historic travel and lodgings. The original 18th-century structure contains period furniture and artifacts.
The museum, one of the Washington Heritage Museums, is just a short walk from its other three sites: the Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop, Mary Washington House, and St. James' House. Its hours are as follows:
Sunday 12p - 4p
Monday 10a - 4p
Friday 10a - 4p
Saturday 10a - 4p
Closed: Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Eve, and New Years Day
- Family Friendly
- LGBTQ+ Friendly
Last Updated: 03/31/2021