Fredericksburg Travel Guide

  • Things to Do
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  • Historical downtown Fredericksburg, VA
    Historical downtown Fredericksburg, VA
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  • Virginia Welcome Center at I-95 and marker 131
    Virginia Welcome Center at I-95 and...
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Fredericksburg Things to Do

  • Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop

    This eighteenth-century building was restored to house the Hugh Mercer Apothecary ShopYou are greeted with a letter posted on the door that reads:Lately arrived from Londonfinest Swedish Leeches, Brimstone, Mercury,Itch Ointment, SpanishBlister Beetles and Valerian Fit Elixirmuch celebrates to remove all manner of hysterics and...

  • The Griffins Bookshop and Coffee Bar

    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...

  • Riverby Books and Gallery

    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...

  • Goolrick's Pharmacy

    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...

  • Premium Cigars at Olde Towne Tobacconist

    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...

  • Downtown Fredericksburg Visitor Center

    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...


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Fredericksburg Restaurants

  • East Coast BBQ...might be worth...

    Primarily an east coast BBQ chain. You order at the counter and they give you a number and bring the food out to you. The food itself was surprisingly tender and wasn't dripping in sauce. It had a good amount of seasoning and flavor. It was very good! It's not a Carolina styled BBQ sauce...which is surprising. At the table they provide additional...

  • Enchanting Moment at Tea Tyme

    The shop's décor had a feel of a lovely old-home parlor. Nothing matches with anything else but I think that adds to ambiance. I met the owner of the tea shop and was pleasantly delighted to find her welcoming and knowledgeable about the teas that she sold in her shop, as well as, capable of blending a few teas of her own. They have a very large...

  • Full Service Tea Shop in downtown...

    I arrived mid-morning on a quiet Tuesday. There were only two tables occupied at the time. I was mildly curious as to why I didn't muster any type of acknowledgment as I walked through the hot pink doors and stepped up to the counter. The employees/manager stood just behind the counter bemoaning the possible cancellation of a large group that was...


Fredericksburg Nightlife

  • irish pub

    j. brian's tap room is located in the historic 1920 hotel maury in downtown fredericksburg. this replica irish pub has 24 beers on tap and a good selection of bottled imports, crafts, and domestics. they also offer typical pub fare and live entertainment. a fun place to eat and drink in downtown fredericksburg. casual.

  • irish pub

    the blarney stone public house is a great replica irish pub located in the downtown historic district. the blarney stone offers a full bar, great beer selection, and typical pub fare. in the evenings they offer live irish and celtic music. a great place to down a guinness or two in downtown fredericksburg. casual.

  • something for everyone

    We had several visits to this place. It has a huge selection of beers, all laid out in a lengthy menu. In fact the choice is just too confusing. It was mobbed on Friday and Saturday nights, but on Sunday it was quiet and relaxed.Not a cheap option - I was $19.98 for 3 beers one night...2 large and one small. It serves food as well - we got a...


Fredericksburg Transportation

  • Ride the Train into town

    From Alexandria and points north, you can take the train down to Fredericksburg (and onto Richmond). With the price of gas rising, trains are a great alternative. Next weekend I spend down in Fredericksburg will be by train. At that time I will add more about fares and schedule. This picture is of the old train station in Fredicksburg, a short walk...

  • Horsedrawn carriage

    There are many ways to get around old town Fredericksburg, but the horse-drawn carriage is the most in tune with the way things were done 200 years ago. Carriage rides, operated by one couple, leave the visitor centre on Caroline Avenue. The 45-minute tour costs $16 per person.

  • Trolley Tours

    During the spring and summer, they do daily tours of the old town every hour and fifteen minutes with a professional guide trained by the company and licenced by the city. Wait for the trolley bus on Charlotte Street next to the visitor centre. In the autumn and winter, tours run only at the weekend. It costs $15 for adults.


Fredericksburg Shopping

  • civil war art

    the grey ghost gallery has an interesting collection of civil war related paintings and art. an interesting store to brouse their collection of paintings.

  • civil war relics

    the civil war life & homefront museum and store has a collection of civil war and military relics for sale. even for those not interested in purchasing these relics the store is worth a look to see their collections of military memoribilia.

  • Great place

    A specialty wine shop, right on the main street. They sell good beer too.I got excellent service from the assistant, keeping me right about local Virginian wine as well as some others.I ended up spending more than I intended, so she did a good job.Would recommend to one and all. Wine & beer - especially local wine. I was $80 for 4 bottles, plus 6...


Fredericksburg Local Customs

  • 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...

  • The Epicenter of the southern slave...

    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,...

  • 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...


Fredericksburg Warnings and Dangers

  • mostly very safe

    Most of the Fredericksburg area is "very low" on the crime risk chart. One of the zipcoded regions is "average" risk. Most of the crimes are non-violent (thefts).There are sixty-three registered sex offenders in the area (see website below).There is nothing in the crime statistics to indicate any one thing to worry about in being safe in...

  • Central Park: F'burg megasprawl

    Central Park is a massive shopping complex west of I-95 and north of Rte. 3 built by local millionaire Carl D. Silver. This ugly place replaced a golf course (which in turn replaced a forest) and is one of my least favorite places in Fredericksburg. Central Park is complete with Wal-Mart, Target, Lowes, etc; best to stay away if you can.

  • Parking?

    In most places, parking at the weekend is easier. However, when you have an historical place noted for numerous antique shops and little area in which to park, parking is a full-time problem. There are some public car parks, but they fill up quickly, so bring along your hiking shoes as you may have to park blocks from where you want to sightsee,...


Fredericksburg Tourist Traps

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    by aphrodyte Written Feb 14, 2014

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    920 Caroline Street
    Fredericksburg, Virginia 22401
    Tel: (540) 371-2030

    On Caroline St, north of George St

    Products made by the people of Tidewater, Shenandoah Valley, Blue Ridge Mountains, Piedmont, and Chesapeake Bay areas of Virginia. A store with a collection of gifts, souvenirs, crafts, wines, and food snack items. There is enough Virginia items that you can create a unique Virginia Gift can even buy Virginia Ham.

    Honestly...the prices!
    I bought a can of chesapeak bay flavored peanuts, standard size...about $8

    Unique Suggestions: If you have to go to Made in Virginia means you are invested in getting an authentic item from Virginia to commemorate your visit.

    Fun Alternatives: If you are thinking about what the Chesapeake Bay peanuts taste tastes the same if you bought the seasoning and added it to a can of plain peanuts...voila...Chesapeake Bay peanuts.

    Entrance to Made in Virginia Bruster's Ice Cream and Nathan's Hot Dog counter Virginia logo items Virginia logo items
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Fredericksburg What to Pack

  • A good camera

    I'd make sure I was wearing a good, sturdy pair of shoes. Fredericksburg is chock full of historical sights, old buildings, fine dining, and antiques. So, I would probably bring lots of film for a conventional camera or a memory card with lots of space for those with a digicam.

  • Walking shoes or be prepared for a foot...

    I have a tendancy to over-pack as I hate to be with out, and I don't want to shop when I arrive. Make sure your luggage is waterproof, as it snows and rains here, and I'm never sure anymore what it's going to do at any given moment. Really depends on what time of year you arrive. Virginia has a varied climate, so Google Virgina before you plan to...

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Fredericksburg Off The Beaten Path

  • thomas jackson shrine

    confederate general thomas "stonewall" jackson was wounded by "friendly" fire in the battle of chancellorsville on may 2 nd 1863. his friend and surgeon hunter h. mcguire amputated his left arm in order to save his life. jackson was transported to the chandler plantation near the village of guinea station. the attending doctors' plan was to...

  • The Suburban Assault Vehicle...My RV

    The Hummers got nothing on me.Four and a half tons of fun..... I'm going to scan some of our Motorhome trip photos sooner or later.That Suburban Assault vehicle quote is from Dave Barry15 years old but running sweet.....and paid for!-life is good!.....We bought our baby on payments when we were in our 30's and have been across the usa and canada...

  • Civil War Battlefields

    The area has four major Battlefields to offer. All of the battlefields are run by the National Parks Service and for $4.00 a person, you can get a 7 day pass to tour all the parks. The battlefields are all part of the Fredericksburg - Spotsylvania National Military Park which has a separate location on VT. There is a ten mile round trip driving...


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    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...


    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...


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