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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
Tigard, Oregon
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275 reviews 275 reviews
32 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 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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Virginia
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78 reviews 78 reviews
39 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 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
42 helpful votes 42 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
24 helpful votes 24 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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Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
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112 reviews 112 reviews
52 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

This was my 2nd visit to Fredericksburg over the past 21 years, but my family's first visit to The Rising Sun Tavern, which we visited based on the positive reviews on trip advisor. We weren't disappointed - it was a wonderful, informative tour. We arrived early on a Saturday morning, and for the majority of our tour, were the only... More

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Ashtabula, Ohio
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Excellent tour. Tour guide was entertaining as well as informative. Learn the origins of may sayings such as "bottoms up". Once owned by George Washington's brother.

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Timonium, MD
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

Part of the Washington Heritage Museums, The Rising Sun Tavern was a highlight of our visit. Our tour guide was a "tavern wench," so she spoke as a woman of that time. Marvelous! If those walls could talk!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

We went at the end of a long day, tired and hungry, we quickly forgot both! The tour given by the "tavern wench" was engrossing and entertaining. Don't miss out on this gem.

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