Located on the Rappahannock River, in the state of Virginia, FREDERICKSBURG is situated 50 miles (80 km) south of Washington D.C.
Established in 1728, Fredericksburg was named for Frederick, Prince of Wales and son of King George II.
A 40 Block National Historic District in the city's downtown area, contains more than 350 buildings dating to the 18th and 19th centuries, making it a very popular tourist destination.
Historic buildings include the late 18th century Rising Sun Tavern, Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop, the 1852 Courthouse and the 1816 Town Hall.
Favorite thing: The present courthouse, designed in the French Gothic style, was completed in 1852. The courthouse tower houses a six hundred pound bronze bell made at the Paul Revere Foundry in Boston and is the only known Revere Bell in Virginia.
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.
Favorite thing: I found a couple of restaurants for another web site I thought looked good. Alas one had a working web site and the other I only had an address. I found the one restaurant but it was long closed. The other I either had a bad address or it moved. A good lesson for any vacation was learned. Have a phone number and call ahead.
Favorite thing: Traveling in and around Fredericksburg is not like going in and around Myrtle Beach. With Fredericksburg having an address may not be the best way to go about finding your destinations. Make sure you mapquest it. I found out the hard way looking for a couple of restaurants.
The centre offers everything you need to know about Fredericksburg and surrounds including a film about the area, parking passes, hotel reservations. Horsedrawn carriages and trolley buses leave from there frequently by the day from mid-spring to mid-autumn. Most importantly of all, it is one of the few places in the old town which offers public loos. It's open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week from Memorial Day through to Labour Day and 9-5 the rest of the year.
Fredericksburg Square began life as a typical city row house built in 1838. The Postal Service as well as Elks Lodge 875 added on to it bit by bit for the largest assembly building in downtown Fredericksburg. It served as an Elks Lodge for well over 90 years and has played a key role in the life of Fredericksburg. For example, the building served as a soup kitchen during the Great Depression, the city's induction centre in World War 2 and as a bomb shelter during the Cold War.
In the mid 1990s the current owners bought the building from the Elks and immediately began a 7-year renovation project. Even though it was being renovated from 1996-2003, the owners paid close attention to historic detail. You might say it was retrovated. Presently, it serves as a high-dollar assembly hall where folks might rent it out for special occasions such as big office parties, weddings, political rallyes, etc.
Favorite thing: As you walk through old town Fredericksburg, you can't help but notice these blue signs adorned with an emblem of the American, British, Confederate, and Colonial flags with a number. The Fredericksburg Historical Tours have dozens of stops throughout the historical town.
Favorite thing: This building, built in the 1850s, is the current Court House. Inside, visitors will find Mary Ball Washington's (George Washington's Mama's) will and appointment of her husband, Augustine trustee of Fredericksburg on display. I had assumed that, like Hanover and Fairfax County, that even this historical city elected to move its current courthouse to more state-of-the-art digs. Fredericksburg does better than most places of staying true to its history. Certain people might choose to make fun, but that is clearly my favourite thing.
Favorite thing: Coming to Fredericksburg in fall, you'll see the best of the town; trees are all bright yellow and red, making the scene very vibrant, and while nights can be cold, days are still okay. In Fredericksburg, fall foliage generally peaks between the last week of October and the second week of November. The Rappahannock River is especially beautiful during this time.
Favorite thing: Winters in Fredericksburg aren't as cold as many other places, with temperatures generally hovering in the 30s and 40s from late November to early March. Generally, the town will also get between 4-8 inches of snow annually. Fredericksburg is often at its most beautiful right after a snowstorm, though driving is treacherous.
I love the history in this town.
But---do stop in at the Visitors Center first. They will give you loads of information..
The center is locateed at:
706 Caroline Street
Telephones: (540) 373-1776 or (800) 678-4748
There is a 14 minute audio visual presentation.
The staff is very helpful. They will give you maps, brochures, etc. Do not be afraid to ask questions.
Fondest memory: The photo shows Irwin getting some information.
walk by the Caroline street which is the main shopping street of the city.
Fondest memory: There are mainly antiques shops.
visit the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Park.
Fondest memory: Several landmarks of the various battles of the Civil War. The park rangers are friendly at our disposal to give information on the fights.