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The Rising Sun Tavern

1304 Caroline St, Fredericksburg, VA 22401-3704
+1 540-371-1494
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While not serving food or drink since 1827, the Rising Sun Tavern Museum provides a lively interpretation of late 18th-century Tavern life. Charles Washington, George Washington's youngest brother, built this landmark in the 1760's as his private residence. After being sold outside the Washington family, the building was leased as a tavern in 1792. Operating as a stopover for travelers for 35 years in the bustling town of Fredericksburg, it was a popular diversion for travelers and locals alike. Today, costumed guides entertain visitors as though they have just stepped off their coaches into the late 18th-century life. See how bygone visitors slept, learn what they ate and drank, and immerse yourself in the now eccentric customs of historic travel and lodgings. The original 18th-century structure contains period furniture and artifacts.
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  • Very good23%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“fun facts” (5 reviews)
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1304 Caroline St, Fredericksburg, VA 22401-3704
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+1 540-371-1494
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"upper class"
in 7 reviews
"fun facts"
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"younger brother"
in 4 reviews
"colonial life"
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"their roles"
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"dressed in period clothing"
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"colonial times"
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"tour guide"
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"early america"
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"knowledgeable guides"
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"great tour"
in 11 reviews
"come alive"
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"step back in time"
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"ask questions"
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"history lesson"
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"love history"
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"visiting fredericksburg"
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My visit was very pleasant. I liked how knowledgeable the staff was, very friendly. I think it's worth visiting and taking a tour. The 3 sites pass is the best deal.

Thank Nancy M
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I grew up in Fredericksburg and fondly remember a few trips to the Rising Sun Tavern. This time, I got to introduce it to my husband and daughter. We were not disappointed. the tour guides were wonderful and answered all of my daughter's questions. We...More

1  Thank Leslie S
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped in Fredericksburg on the way to Williamsburg and so glad we found this great little museum! The two tour guides (Jillian and Abigail) did an excellent job - dressed in period clothing and “acting” their roles perfectly. They were both entertaining and informative....More

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Reviewed 31 May 2018 via mobile

We were excited to see and tour the 3 places but found it being costly $7 per person for each one. Sending the day in DC and touring around without spending an dime was hard to put $126 for all of us to enjoy the...More

2  Thank hbarrett2018
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Rising_Sun_Tavern, Front Office Manager at The Rising Sun Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded 1 June 2018

We are always looking for ways to improve. Please call our office at 540-373-5630 to discuss your experience. Thank you, Washington Heritage Museums

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Reviewed 28 May 2018

The knowledge of the folks giving the tour is amazing. The gave us so much history and stories about the Inn and the artifacts with in it. Totally worth a visit. Like other historic places in town, you are not allowed to take pictures inside...More

Thank Dick S
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Reviewed 19 May 2018

Learned a lot about colonial lodging (like multiple men shared a bed for the their stay). Fun place visit and learn a few things. The tour guides were in period dress and character tons of fun

1  Thank Klamath87
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Reviewed 17 May 2018 via mobile

Very interesting, informative tour guide. Good for adults, but probably not very interesting for children unless they love history.

Thank Deb C
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Reviewed 17 May 2018

Interesting to hear so many things about how people traveled so long ago. Also how some of the things we say today were derived from events that happened back then. They are dressed in period costumes and talk about things as if you are a...More

Thank Kelly C
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Reviewed 3 May 2018 via mobile

This was a glimpse into what travel was like in early America. The tour was done with a lot of humor.

1  Thank Carol C
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Reviewed 11 April 2018 via mobile

Great tour. The tour guide/interpreters were outstanding and made the experience so much better. Totally worth the price of admission. You can get a discount with the other museums.

Thank James C
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marnettmom
18 September 2016|
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Response from Rising_Sun_Tavern | Property representative |
We are a living history museum, and no longer serve daily refreshments.
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knitone1109
27 April 2015|
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Response from Rising_Sun_Tavern | Property representative |
Guided tours take 20-30 minutes, but can take longer as guests are encouraged to ask questions.
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