The Epicenter of the southern slave trade in VA
Don't delude yourself..this IS the south inspite of what others may say or think. People are friendly and helpful, but the social veneer is thin. The truth is, there's still a deviding line, all though narrow, between the blacks and whites here, as well as the yanks and confederates. Manners are all important, as they still use Ma'm and Sir here, and Thank you now, come on back and see us again. Respect is utmost, and the distrust of Yanks is felt like a thick blanket.
- Historical Travel
- Family Travel
- Hiking and Walking
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.
- Historical Travel
Check out the Weekender guide...
Check out the Weekender guide in the Free Lance-Star newspaper published every Thursday morning which has articles about things going on in Fredericksburg and the region. A helpful calendar in the center of the tab section lists what's going on and when--local concerts, lectures, book signings and other events of note. It also lists events in the back of the section going on in the region, from Richmond to the south to Washington, D.C. to the north. It also has a map of the downtown which lists the historical sites of the 'Burg.
To find out more about Fredericksburg, go to the Simply Fredericksburg website.
An indie tabloid, Front Porch, is also a very good read and has a lot of insight by locals into the Fredericksburg region.