Fredericksburg Things to Do

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    Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop

    by aphrodyte Updated Feb 21, 2014

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    This eighteenth-century building was restored to house the Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop

    You are greeted with a letter posted on the door that reads:

    Lately arrived from London
    finest Swedish Leeches,
    Brimstone, Mercury,
    Itch Ointment, Spanish
    Blister Beetles and
    Valerian Fit Elixir
    much celebrates to
    remove all manner of
    hysterics and hypochondriac
    afflictions

    I was not met with the physician himself, but with one of his "associates" that would lead me on a tour.

    The first room you enter displays many of the herbs, ointment and tinctures that the doctor had used on numerous occasions and the distilling process to sanitize water. You are led to the next room that showed an array of his surgical and medical process. Interestingly enough, our guide handled live leeches during our visit. Neat!

    Hours:
    March - October
    Monday-Saturday 9am - 4pm
    Sunday 12noon - 4pm

    November - February
    Monday-Saturday 10am - 3pm
    Sunday 12 noon - 4pm

    Closed: Thanksgiving Day, December 24-25, 31 and January 1


    Admission Fees:
    Adults - $5
    Children 6-18 - $2
    Children under 6 - free
    Washington Heritage Museums Members - Free

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    The Griffins Bookshop and Coffee Bar

    by aphrodyte Written Feb 20, 2014

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    The Griffin is an expansive colonial home turned bookshop. It is a used bookstore with a few new books here and there, and a cafe housed within its shop. They offer a number of history books, children's fiction, adult fiction, and religion reads. With a quiet reading room upstairs and sunny patio out back, there are plenty of places to cozy up to a book in this comfortable shop. The store frequently hosts open mic nights and even offers college students a 10 percent discount on books (with a valid college ID).

    They also sell assorted gift items like handmade jewelry, scarves, and cards.

    The Coffee Bar offers organic coffee and chocolates.
    If you need a quiet place to browse the Internet, the Griffin also has free Wi-Fi.

    Hours:
    Monday – Thursday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
    Friday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
    Saturday : 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
    Sunday: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

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    Riverby Books and Gallery

    by aphrodyte Written Feb 20, 2014

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    This bookstore has an extensive selection of classics, fiction, non-fiction, cooking, political, etc. and the inviting layout of the store really is a joy to wander through.

    The second floor of this two-story haven is hollowed out, leaving room for natural light to seep through. There are little reading nooks everywhere and record players spin timeless tunes. It's pleasing on so many levels.

    The shop also hosts occasional acoustic performances by local musicians and author events.

    Price-wise this place is very reasonable. Most of their paperbacks, all of which are in great condition, average $5. And considering the extensive selection, you'll want to bring a tote along as this is the place to begin building your library.

    Riverby has a "buy back" policy. When you're done with a book you can exchange it for store credit at a rate of about 75% of the purchase price. If you don't want store credit, you can sell your book back for about half the original price.

    Mon-Thur, 10 am - 6 pm;
    Fri-Sat, 10 am - 9 pm;
    Sun, Noon - 5 pm

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    Goolrick's Pharmacy

    by aphrodyte Updated Feb 20, 2014

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    Goolrick's Pharmacy or Goolrick's Modern Pharmacy has a nostalgic 1950s feel. The pharmacy is one of the few remaining "compounding" pharmacies in the area, which means they can make up prescriptions (creams, salves, even capsules) that aren't available from large, commercial vendors.
    Despite all the changes to the city, this "lunch counter" style eatery is the same as it has been for the last 50 yrs. Formica counter top, spinner seats, round tables and vinyl seats. There is limited seating (4 tables).

    Goolrick's food menu includes: peanut butter/jelly, grill cheese, BLT sandwiches, chicken salad, devil eggs, hot dogs, etc. Basic food and reasonably priced.

    Their milkshakes are made with real ice cream, the old fashioned way: thick and delicious! The fountain drinks are REAL cherry Coke's made with Coke and syrup. It's cheap, usually served pretty quick. Soda floats...need we say more?

    They offered Egg Cream...I didn't know what that was and I didn't order it. When I got home I looked it up. egg cream is a beverage consisting of milk, and soda water with either vanilla or chocolate syrup...interesting, sort of like a cream soda.

    The rest of the store offers convenience store needs...stuff you might have forgotten to pack in your luggage and souvenirs.

    Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; closed Sundays

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    Premium Cigars at Olde Towne Tobacconist

    by aphrodyte Updated Feb 14, 2014

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    The cigar I purchased was a Drew Estates - Natural - Dirt cigar. I used a V cutter. It definitely had a full bodied flavor but not overwhelming to me. This cigar was recommended to me by one of the employees. I said that I wanted a traditional flavor, but not an extremely overpowering scent, I wasn't picky about where the leaves came from. I also said that I might be making the hole too big because the tobacco falls out. So they recommended the V cutter.

    The employees were easy to talk to and I was confident in the information that they gave me.
    They definitely knew there stuff.

    Natural Cigars
    Natural cigars are crafted using the finest Nicaraguan leaf combined with traditional black tobaccos from Syria, Turkey, St. James Parish and other exotic locales. Each front-mark has its own distinctive blend making for a unique and satisfying smoke ranging from mild to bold.

    Honduras/Nicaragua
    A 10-year civil war and blue mold infestations have slowed the production of the high quality Cuban and Connecticut varieties of tobacco grown in these two counties. Both countries produce a full-bodied tobacco with strong spicy flavors.

    V-Cutter
    Creates a top-to-bottom slice that creates a v-shaped wedge through the head of the cigar. Pros: Allows you to keep the cap of the cigar intact. Creates a large enough hole to draw easily. Cons: Difficult to use properly. Needs extremely sharp blades. Blades hard to replace

    Monday ~ 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
    Tuesday ~ 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
    Wednesday ~ 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
    Thursday ~ 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
    Friday ~ 9:00 am – 10:00 pm
    Saturday ~ 9:00 am – 10:00 pm
    Sunday ~ 10:30 am – 6:00 pm

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    Downtown Fredericksburg Visitor Center

    by aphrodyte Updated Feb 14, 2014

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    Definitely make this a first stop. If you are not sure a historical site is worth visiting or want to make sure that the sites you want to visit are open.

    You can also pre-purchase entrance tickets to the various site locations which can save you time and money.

    Maps, brochures, information on dining, lodging reservations, parking, tour services and special event tickets are available.

    This is the pick up and drop off point of the trolley tour.

    There is a small parking lot next to the building but it fills quickly, you can park on the street but there are time limits. Definitely pick up parking info at the visitor center if you aren't sure where to park.

    Monday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Tuesday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Wednesday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Thursday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Saturday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Sunday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

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    rising sun tavern

    by doug48 Updated Nov 8, 2011

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    this historic building was built by george washington's brother charles around 1760. charles washington's home was converted into a tavern in 1792. some famous patrons of the rising sun tavern were thomas jefferson, john paul jones, james madison and george mason. general george washington hosted his "great reception" at the rising sun tavern after his victory over the british at yorktown. today the rising sun tavern is a museum on early american life. the rising sun tavern is listed on the national register of historic places.

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    chatham manor

    by doug48 Updated Nov 8, 2011

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    this beautiful georgian mansion was built by william fitzhugh between 1768 and 1771. fitzhugh owned a 1,280 acre plantation with over 100 slaves. chatham manor was named after william pitt, the earl of chatham. in 1805 there was a slave revolt at the plantation and an armed posse was sent to chatham to put down the rebellion. one slave was executed and a number of slaves were deported to islands in the caribbean. in 1806 fitzhugh sold the plantation to major churchill jones, a former officer in the continenal army. in 1862 chatham was occupied by the union and was the headquarters of union general irwin mc dowell and later general ambrose burnside. during the battle of fredericksburg chatham manor served as a union hospital. chatham manor is listed on the national register of historic places.

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    hugh mercer apothecary

    by doug48 Written Nov 8, 2011

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    hugh mercer apothecary

    dr. hugh mercer opened a pharmacy in fredericksburg in the mid 18 th century. hugh mercer served with general george washington in the revolutionary war. mercer was killed in the battle of princeton in 1777. today the apothecary is a museum on the life of hugh mercer and 18 th century medical treatments. the hugh mercer apothecary is listed on the national register of historic places.

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    the stone wall

    by doug48 Updated Jun 24, 2011

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    on may 3 rd 1863 union general john swedgwick was ordered to again cross the rappahannock and take marye's heights. marye's heights were defended by the forces of confederate general jubal a. early. after a fierce hand to hand battle at a stone wall at the base of marye's heights the union forced the confederates to withdrawl to the west and southwest of fredericksburg. after the capture of marye's heights sedgwick was ordered west to chancellorsville.

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    fredericksburg national cemetery

    by doug48 Updated Jun 20, 2011

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    fredericksburg national cemetery is located on marye's heights in the fredericksburg national battlefield park. this cemetery is the final resting place of union soldiers killed in the battle of federicksburg.

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    confederate cemetery

    by doug48 Updated Jun 20, 2011

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    the fredericksburg confederate cemetery was established by the ladies memorial association in 1867. six confederate generals and 3,300 confederate soldiers are inturned here. many of those buried in the confederate cemetery were reinturned from battle sites in the fredericksburg area. the monument in the center of the cemetery was erected in 1884.

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    battle of salem church

    by doug48 Updated Jun 20, 2011

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    after the capture of marye's heights union general john sedgwick moved west on plank road (VA 3) in the direction of chancellorsville. the confederates under the command of cadmus w. wilcox met sedgwick at salem church. after several attacks from both sides sedgwick's forces were forced to withdrawl north back over the rappahannock to the union camp at falmouth virginia. the battle of salem church was an important confederate victory in the second battle of fredericksburg.

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    battle of fredericksburg

    by doug48 Updated Jun 18, 2011

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    after the battle of antietam the army of confederate general robert e. lee withdrew back to virginia. union president abraham lincoln appointed general ambrose burnside to attack the confederates at fredericksburg. burnside's plan was to cross the rappahannock river into downtown fredericksburg using pontoon boats. there was a delay in shipping the pontoon boats to fredericksburg which gave general lee time to set up defenses to the west of town. on december 10 th 1862 union forces crossed the rappahannock and met the forces of general james longstreet. for two days there was fierce urban fighting in downtown fredericksburg. the union captured the town on december 13 th and proceeded to loot the town. the behavior of union troops outraged general lee who compared their actions with those of ancient vandals. a day later lee ordered a counter attack on the union occupiers.

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    prospect hill

    by doug48 Updated Jun 10, 2011

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    prospect hill was a confederate defensive position just west of downtown fredericksburg. from this point the confederate artillery could shell union positions in downtown fredericksburg. general ambrose burnside ordered generals george meade, abner doubleday, and john reynolds to take the position. after a day long battle the forces of confederate generals a. p. hill and william taliferro held the hill and the union forces had to withdraw back into fredericksburg.

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