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The Rising Sun Tavern

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While not serving food or drink since 1827, the Rising Sun Tavern Museum provides a lively interpretation of late 18th-century Tavern life. Charles Washington, George Washington's youngest brother, built this landmark in the 1760's as his private...more
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1304 Caroline St, Fredericksburg, VA 22401-3704
+1 540-371-1494
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Reviewed November 14, 2018

My husband and I visited the tavern through a combo ticket we bought that includes about 11 different attractions. We were able to attend about 4 or 5 this visit and this was by far my favorite. The people were very informative and the information...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank vacritter2000
Reviewed November 6, 2018

We just moved to Fredericksburg and wanted to learn more about its history. This tour was very good. The guide did a very good job of explaining the importance of The Rising Sun Tavern to the history of the town.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank pught55
Reviewed November 3, 2018 via mobile

The only thing that would make this tour better is if it were still a working tavern. It served as an inn and a tavern dating back to Revolutionary War days. The historically dressed tour guides do a great job of explaining how inns and...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank fairwayBarbie
Reviewed October 31, 2018

Great place to learn about what taverns were used for, and how they operated. Tour guide was ok...young guy and we could tell he was new at giving the tours, but he did ok and gave great information.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank CajunWineaux
Reviewed October 23, 2018

Take this fun tour and you’ll learn about the perils of 18th century travel. Our guide, Ethan B., showed us that many “modern” expressions originated in colonial taverns including “Watch your Ps and Qs”. Recommended.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Patrick A
Reviewed August 3, 2018

The tavern from the American Revolution time certainly has its touch. Can you imagine being totally isolated due to being female and having to keep your reputation (even when you travelled with family)? Can you imagine rules like "no more than 5 in one bed...More

Date of experience: August 2018
2  Thank Magdalena7301
Reviewed July 28, 2018 via mobile

Loved loved loved this place! Our tour guide was fabulous. Her fun facts were very interesting. This is a must see if you are in the area.

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank GloriaA249
Reviewed July 7, 2018 via mobile

My visit was very pleasant. I liked how knowledgeable the staff was, very friendly. I think it's worth visiting and taking a tour. The 3 sites pass is the best deal.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Nancy M
Reviewed June 26, 2018

I grew up in Fredericksburg and fondly remember a few trips to the Rising Sun Tavern. This time, I got to introduce it to my husband and daughter. We were not disappointed. the tour guides were wonderful and answered all of my daughter's questions. We...More

Date of experience: June 2018
2  Thank Leslie S
Reviewed June 21, 2018 via mobile

We stopped in Fredericksburg on the way to Williamsburg and so glad we found this great little museum! The two tour guides (Jillian and Abigail) did an excellent job - dressed in period clothing and “acting” their roles perfectly. They were both entertaining and informative....More

Date of experience: June 2018
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September 18, 2016|
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Response from Rising_Sun_Tavern | Property representative |
We are a living history museum, and no longer serve daily refreshments.
April 26, 2015|
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Response from Rising_Sun_Tavern | Property representative |
Guided tours take 20-30 minutes, but can take longer as guests are encouraged to ask questions.