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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
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We went out of our way to see this and it was well worth it. The tavern gives you a real feel for life in the late 1700's to early 1800's. The tour guides , dressed in period attire, are very knowledgeable and provide a...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Scott M
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Great quick stop of touring through the town. Be certain to check out their bar:) GO TO THE VISITORS CENTER & BUY THE TIMELESS TICKET IF VISITING MORE THAN 3 PLACES IN TOWN! HUGE DEAL! See attached pics for the breakdown.

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Bathfurnituredsgnr
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Tavern is no longer a working Tavern, but the tour is very interesting, focusing the origin and history of the building, to include rich stories of the owners and those who came after them.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very informative, Excellent tour of the Tavern, very knowledgeable guides along with small stories of the travelers that have passed through, if you have time it’s a must stop

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank robertmU749TF
Reviewed July 19, 2019 via mobile

We purchase a multi-point 24 hour ticket at the Visitor’s Center. The Rising Sun Tavern was great to see because of the history we were given about what it started out as and what it had become. This is a great historical place to see.

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed July 15, 2019

Very informative guided tour . A glimpse into life in that era. Guides were very good. We left tour early due to obnoxious guest on our tour- asking weird questsions and challenging the docent.

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed June 22, 2019

wanted to stop and check this place out it was so interesting from walking past but on a mission and unable to get back to it

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank betsy p
Reviewed June 19, 2019

Small restored colonial tavern was very interesting, especially due to our informative Tour Guide. Besides describing the rooms and history, she related how common terms (i.e. block head) of today came into being. Guide was very knowledgeable, and took her role (inn keeper) seriously.

Date of experience: June 2019
Reviewed June 2, 2019

It's a good trip to do with all ages especially when combined with the Mrs Washington and Apothecary sites. There is a discount package for all 3 buildings. We did all 3 in about 2 hours walking. They're close together. Guides present in a loop...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank lbosse1
Reviewed May 13, 2019

This docent-led tour is continuous, meaning that you join the group in one of the four rooms and then remain with the tour guide until you have seen all the displayed areas of the tavern. Very informative with lots of information.

Date of experience: May 2019
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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.