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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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Wonderful, enjoyable and entertaining!

The tour guides were exceptional and learning about that time in history and where some everyday phrases come from was a wonderful addition. Definitely worth the $5 for the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 14, 2015
Toni C
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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

The tour guides were exceptional and learning about that time in history and where some everyday phrases come from was a wonderful addition. Definitely worth the $5 for the tour... Just mind your "P's and Q's"!!

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Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

When we visited Fredericksburg this past December, it was closed, however when we lived in the area, we have visited this tavern many times. The tour is a trip into history. This well furnished tavern has much to see and has much history. George Washington and many other early patriots visited this outstanding tavern. If you are in Fredericksburg, do... More 

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

What a great tour!! The costumed guides make this visit entertaining, as well as educational. Our guide was fantastic. He kept everyone involved and provided many details on Colonial life. The tavern is the former home built by George Washington’s youngest brother Charles around 1760 and later became a tavern in 1792.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

We stopped here on our way to DC and it was well worth the detour. We had an amazing docent who kept was informative and entertaining. Our family loves Williamsburg and this tour rivals the best tours there. Tour was about an hour- we did ask questions so it may be shorter. We would like to go back to visit... More 

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virginia
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106 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

We visited with several other people including a 9-year-old. The tour is every bit as good as any tour in Williamsburg VA. Guide very thorough and full of interesting info. We had not visited for maybe 10 years or so, and the tavern is still a ''must-see'' if you are in town. We got the Timeless Pass at the Visitor... More 

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Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

This tour is perfect for older children, teens and adults. You will learn about drinking and lodging customs of Colonial times at "the" local pub of its day frequented by many important Colonial leaders. The costumed guides are lively, and will tell you about famous sayings today - like "Bottoms Up" - that are based on tavern customs of long... More 

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

Definitely worth a visit to hear about how an old tavern worked in those days and to learn where some of the old sayings come from like 'bottoms up', 'drinks like a fish' etc. Our guide was very knowledgable and entertaining and she was only 15 years old. Best recommendation I can give is to visit the visitors centre and... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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36 reviews 36 reviews
8 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Great guides in costume and character give you a real feeling of the history of this place. We came away with a much better understanding of this time in history and how people lived and traveled in these times.

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Pinckney, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

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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30 helpful votes 30 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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