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The Rising Sun Tavern

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Address: 1304 Caroline Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Phone Number: 540 371 1494
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We were the only ones there at the time we went. There were a couple of younger boys working, but they did a great job. Very informative!

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 29, 2015
Mike J
Saint Simons Island, Georgia
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Saint Simons Island, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015 NEW

We were the only ones there at the time we went. There were a couple of younger boys working, but they did a great job. Very informative!

Thank Mike J
North Carolina
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74 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

We completely enjoyed our 30 minute tour of this tavern. We were greeted by the Tavern Wench who explained how our stay would work should we decide to board at this tavern in the old days. She was very entertaining and informative and opened our eyes to conditions of the day for what was a "good" establishment. Very affordable --... More 

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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39 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

Revolutionary period dressed woman did an excellent job in portraying an indentured servant working in the tavern. Tavern is awesome but learning what the tavern experience was in that time was also very educational.

Thank elyswede
Martinsburg, West Virginia
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172 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

George Washington's younger brother Charles lived here before he built his home in Charles Town, WV. There are period furnishings and a good tour that explains life in a tavern. I was impressed that even my 12-year-old grandson thought it was interesting!

Thank SGJ1013
Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States
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73 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

Visiting this tavern was a thoroughly enjoyable and highly educational experience. Our tour guide was enthusiastic, answered our many questions, and we now understand how people traveled between towns in the 1700's. Being used to all the modern conveniences, it is hard to appreciate how people had to travel and stay at taverns.. We recommend you visit this authentic replica... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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301 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 245 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

I had low expectations of yet another tavern, but was pleasantly surprised when we walked in to be greeted by a "wench" (serving maid) who dressed and acted the part. She gave us background, history, and culture--what it would have been like to stay at a tavern in the 18th century. I had never gotten the female version of the... More 

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Greenback, Tennessee
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

It could have been more lively. The tour leader was sort of dry. After reading other feedback, I expected a little more oomph. Of course we were all tired from riding the hard seated trolly for over an hour and the walking to the tavern. Lots of interesting facts about travel and Inn stays in the past. Things like this... More 

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Troy, Virginia
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

We found our guide personable and well informed. So many expressions used nowadays are from earlier days such as "Here's looking at you" and it was fascinating to learn how the term "Bartender" came about. Well worth the stop!

Abbeville, Georgia
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130 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Great little tour with very knowledgeable guides in costume. $5 a piece for adults would have got a discount if I had showed my Trolley ticket

1 Thank DebGReeves
Aldan, Pennsylvania
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12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015 via mobile

Wonderful, less than an hour tour of a historic upper class tavern given by costumed guides. Our wench Melanie was delightful and explained the origin of many common expressions like "not playing with a full deck." So glad we stopped.

1 Thank caokapy

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