ST. GEORGE'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH
Located at 905 Princess Anne Street, ST. GEORGE'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH was established in 1720. The present building was built in 1849 and is a fine example of Romanesque Revival style of architecture popular in the mid 19th century. During the early period in St. George's history (1738) the family of George Washington moved to the area and they, as well as friends and relations, attended services here.
Throughout more than 285 years, St. George's has been an active force in the community and continues to do so.
Where the South begins or ends
Fredericksburg is the northernmost major Southern city. Somewhere between here and Fairfax County, there exists an imaginary line north of which waitresses giggle at you when you order hush puppies with your barbecue, grits at breakfast, or sweet tea with which to wash them down. It is north of this line where Dunkin' Donuts outnumbers Krispy Kreme and folks don't have a clue, even though geographically still in Virginia about how to cook barbecue. Fredericksburg, though geographically at the line, is culturally far south of it. It still honours Confederate veterans instead of sweeping them under some politically correct carpet. Southern accents are heard and sweet tea can easily be found.
Oldest Chinese Restaurant in Fredericksburg
Dragon Inn Chinese Restaurant is supposedly the oldest Chinese restaurant in the city of Fredericksburg. The restaurant is quite a bit larger than Fortune Gourment; ironically, despite the more spacious environment, most customers do take out. The selection on their menu is very limited and entirely in English; I would advise NOT to order off the menu since most of those items are not even close to "authentic" Chinese food. Their Hongshao Tofu is excellent; this vegetarian dish has chunks of fried tofu as well as various vegetables and fungi. This is not on the menu, though if you ask for it, they should have it.
Fredericksburg Battlefield Part I
Fredericksburg was home to the December 1862 Battle of Fredericksburg, one of the biggest defeats for the Union forces in the entire Civil War. In Dec 1862 Union General Burnsides led his army south to Fredericksburg, but were stranded on the north bank of the Rappahannock. While the Union troops spent time building bridges across the river, Confederate troops gathered in the town and on Marye's Heights behind the town. The Union forces soon completed the bridges and crossed into Fredericksburg, and after a short skirmish, defeated the Confederates inside the town itself. They then continued on to loot the town. (I think) the next day, they began an attack on Confederate forces on Sunken Road. Confederate troops were hidden behind a stonewall on a sloping hill. A few days before, there had been a major snowstorm, but the temperatures at the time were warmer and the snow had melted and turned the ground to mud. Union troops advancing up the hill were slowed by the mud, and thousands were shot by the Confederate troops. On the heights behind the stonewall, Confederate artillery was also shelling the Union troops. In the end, the Union forces retreated. By the end of the offensive, over 15,000 Union soldiers were killed or wounded, though the Confederate casaulties were only in the hundreds. The Battle of Fredericksburg ended with the Confederates victorious.
Farmer's Bank - Site of Lincoln's Civil War visit
Abraham Lincoln visited Fredericksburg, Virginia on May 23, 1862. He and Secretary of War Stanton crossed the Rappahannock River on one of the military's temporary pontoon bridges. They then proceeded to Farmer's Bank (now National Bank), which was the headquarters of General Marsena R. Patrick, the Union's military governor of Fredericksburg in 1862. Here Lincoln is said to have had lunch with General Patrick, then made a short address from the side steps of the bank building to the Union troops occupying the town.
A plaque across the street from the bank building describes the beginning of the war in Fredericksburg and describes Lincoln's visit:
During his visit to the bank, Lincoln delivered a few words from the steps of the building. By winter the bank would be looted, a victim of the Union depredations prior to the Battle of Fredericksburg.
General Marsena Patrick...headquarters were in the basement of the bank building.