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The Rising Sun Tavern

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Address: 1304 Caroline St, Fredericksburg, VA 22401-3704
Phone Number: 540 371 1494

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It was so exciting to see an original building from the 1700s! Wonderful tour of first floor and an interesting self-guided tour of the rooms upstairs. My daughter and I really... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Wilmington, Delaware
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Wilmington, Delaware
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was so exciting to see an original building from the 1700s! Wonderful tour of first floor and an interesting self-guided tour of the rooms upstairs. My daughter and I really enjoyed our visit and I will be sure to visit again with my husband!

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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39 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a great place to visit. My husband and I were greeted as we entered by Abby who explained all the rooms on the main floor. What a knowledgeable young lady. Not only did she give us the history of the building, she also added some additional fun facts. We were then allowed to visit the second floor on our... More 

Thank Sharon R
Fredericksburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016 via mobile

Best tour of what early America was like with hotels and travel. Every time we had people visit this our first choice. It only takes about 45 minutes but is a nice educational tour of the types and levels of hospitality was available.

Thank coneman1
Falls Church, Virginia
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2016

Great museum with narrated tour. The history lessons are amazing and the property is very well maintained. Just the right length for families with kids as well.

Thank minkins2016
Fredericksburg, Virginia
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2016 via mobile

Do you love history? The Rising Sun Tavern is a bit of Colonial Williamsburg in Downtown Fredericksburg. Definitely worth a trip for locals and visitors alike. You'll like the Rising Sun if you like old bookstores and have an active imagination, but maybe not so much if you prefer amusement parks and computer games. Parents, take your kids.

Thank prototypo
Ashland, MA
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5 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2016

This place is a quick visit and adds some context to many of the American sayings that we all know. Not much historic value and musty dated feel but worth the five bucks.

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Hilton Head
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21 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2016

We visited after the Mary Washington House which was great. The tavern history is wonderful. Always wanted to know where all the drinking terminology originated (bottoms up, here's looking at ya). Our tour guide from Tennessee (husband is a Marine-Semper Fi) was very informative and well versed. Glad we did not miss this great historical site.

Thank Randall D
Diamond Bar, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2016

This is a wonderfully maintained tavern from the Colonial Era. Docents are dressed in period costumes and give an excellent 45-minute tour. They even kept the kids entertained with their 'fun facts' and interesting historical facts. It costs $5 per adult and $2 for children. Well worth it! They do not serve food or drink there, and parking is free... More 

Thank Sosabear
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2016

We took our granddaughters on a history tour of Fredericksburg. The Rising Sun was a favorite stop. The guides are in costume and their talks include details of interest to both kids and grownups.

Thank Julie P
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2016

This was a hidden gem we heard about from a local antique store owner. My friend and I were from out of town and had wandered over at the suggestion when we asked about something fun to do that had a historical value (we both like history). At first you are taken back the grand way its been preserved through... More 

Thank LadyUmi

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