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The Rising Sun Tavern, Fredericksburg

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History Museum · Historic Site
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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  • From Colonial times to surviving the War Between the State, the building is well worth the visit. The docents are in period dress and did a great job of telling the story of the tavern.  more »
  • Tour was included on the Day Pass. Built in the 1760s for Charles Washington, younger brother of George Washington, and served as his residence while he lived in Fredericksburg. In 1792 John Frazer...  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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