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The Rising Sun Tavern, Fredericksburg

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Historic Site · History Museum
While not serving food or drink since 1827, the Rising Sun Tavern Museum provides a lively interpretation of Tavern life.

George Washington’s youngest brother, Charles, built this landmark in 1760 as his private residence. The building became a tavern in 1792.

Today, the “tavern wenches” and male “indentured servants” entertain visitors as though they have just stepped off their coaches into colonial times.
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  • Charles Washington (George's younger brother) built it. The next owners turned it into a tavern. If you want a slice of colonial life, The Rising Sun Tavern is a must visit. Tour guides dressed in....  more »
  • Another interesting, historical place in Fredericksburg. It is setup with dining and lodging and the tour guides do a great job of explaining the customs of the time. We bought the multi-site 24 hour....  more »
  • This is a great museum! I originally considered skipping it for lack of time but I’m glad I didn’t. One particular tour guide (don’t remember her name) was very enthusiastic and knowledgable, treating us like real guests at a tavern. I enjoyed learning about how taverns operated in the 1700s and how women and men led very different lives in the same building. I would definitely recommend visiting this museum.
  • Very cool history. We did a behind the scenes tour and learned a lot of interesting stuff.

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