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The Rising Sun Tavern

1304 Caroline Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
540 371 1494
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums
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Coppell, Texas
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Interesting tour of historic tavern and inn that was once owned by George Washington's younger brother. Authenic tour guide gives an enteraining tour. Worth the small $5.00 tour fee and a chance to see a piece of history.

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Pittsburgh PA
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93 reviews 93 reviews
22 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This was fun and interesting tour. In several places in Fburg, they dress in the time period and they are there in that time talking to you. They treat you like travelers and you are part of the tour. It was fun, entertaining and educational too. The tavern wenches do the first floor with you and you are free to... More

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Winterville, North Carolina
11 reviews 11 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We truly enjoy the tour and historical information that was delivered "in character"! Thanks for a great time!

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Okemos, Michigan
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33 reviews 33 reviews
15 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

This was another awesome stop in Fredricksberg! The tavern wenches were in great form. The tour was full of wonderful bits of history from the tavern world. The kids loved it as well. I never knew how many of the phrases we use today come directly from tavern life. Totally worth the time!

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Tigard, Oregon
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283 reviews 283 reviews
32 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Melanie, our tavern wench, made this an anazing experience. What became the Rising Sun Tavern, was originally Washington's brother Charles' house. For our tour, our "wench", was dressed in period clothing and spoke to us in the language of the day. We learned how travelers slept and what they ate and drank. We also learned where a lot of colloquialisms... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Wonderful hour spent in time machine of the rising sun tavern. It is Williamsburg without crowds and commercialism. Smile , wile, style and compile wonderful memories there.

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Top Contributor
78 reviews 78 reviews
39 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

The staff is in character as tavern wenches. They give a lot of information about what it was like in the early years of our country. Also they explain how many of our sayings originated. It was $5 to go in, but well worth the cost. Plan to spend about 30 to 45 minutes here.

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Central Florida
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54 reviews 54 reviews
14 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

This place really surprised me. We stopped in Fredericksburg with our four kids and were mentally prepared to deal with whining from them being bored (Heaven forbid they should learn something!). We were greatly pleased by the tour of The Rising Sun Tavern. Two ladies dressed in period costume showed us around the tavern and explained in detail not only... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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39 reviews 39 reviews
20 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

In addition to the positive reviews, I would add a few tips - The tour lasts 30-45 minutes. You will be standing, walking, and climbing stairs the entire time. There are no benches to sit down during the tour. There is an entrance fee of $5/adults and $2/children. There is no photography allowed in the tavern. They have a small... More

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Henderson, Nevada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014 via mobile

Authentic and knowledgeable reenactors. My family thoroughly enjoyed learning about Colonial History at this tavern.

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