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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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English first
Pinckney, Michigan
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

I was not expecting all that much when I entered this historic tavern. From the tour guide I learned how so many of our everyday expressions came from early colonial life; as well as ascertained a feel for life in the 18th century. She also provided some great tips for places to eat in and around Williamsburg, VA.

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New Jersey
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60 reviews 60 reviews
11 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Welcoming and informative guides in period dress quickly bring you into the time of taverns whom offered food, drink, and lodging to travelers of various classes in colonial times. So those less fortunate might share a bed with five (men), and women their own rooms, but again, the higher class more amenities. The same differences were explained re drink and... More

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Little Gaddesden
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29 reviews 29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

A step back in time, with staff in full costume. Very well done, full of explanation of how life was in the 18th Century when the Inn, built by George Washington's brother, was a very upmarket hostelry.

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Portland, Oregon
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181 helpful votes 181 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

A "wench" gives you a tour of what it was like to stay in a tavern during the late 18th century. The tour goes through the different rooms and we got to sample the type of food served during that time period. Good family thing to enjoy.

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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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94 reviews 94 reviews
22 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 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
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10 helpful votes 10 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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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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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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