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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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Great historical Tour

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

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 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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 

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

See what accommodations were like for travelers of the Rappahannock River in the 1700s. Check out the comfortable beds and the "bar" downstairs. Ladies had separate places to party. And, you can even have your wig powdered!

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Remington, Virginia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My daughter and I arrived in the middle of a tour, but were told that we would be able to "catch up" at the end of the current tour. While this was technically true, we were rushed by the guides and practically thrown out of the Tavern when the guide decided that we had heard enough of the tour. Unfortunately,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We arrived just after a tour had started with a group so were invited to tag along. The guide was dressed in period costume and regaled us with tales of 18th/19th Century Tavern life. It was interesting to learn from where some of the modern terms originate. A very enjoyable and informative tour.

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Westminster, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Informative and unusual tour of an historic tavern. Rooms are carefully decorated to provide a detailed look at 18th century travel for both men and women. Can only be seen with a docent lead tour; be sure to check for times and these seem to vary. Street parking only at this location. Rooms are small so group sizes for any... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016 via mobile

Great spot for education. A why to go back in time and get a glimpse into the way luxury was. Also get a taste of social structure of the time.

Thank Patty R
Falls Church, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016

I think The Rising Sun Tavern is a must-see in Fredericksburg. It is extremely interesting. The guides provide lots of entertaining information about what a "proper" tavern would have been like in the late 18th/early 19th century -- including some insight into the class system in operation in VA at the time and how women were treated.

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Gainesville, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016

Showed up for a tour at 10:00. Sign said open at 10. Young lady jump out of her car at 10:08 to say oh are you looking for a tour. sorta killed the moment. She was good. Very knowledgeable about the tour and time. Her friend showed up 5 minutes later with a dog again a buzz kill to live... More 

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Dunlap, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

Great tour of a very old tavern. They make you a part of history. You are greeted at the door by a "Tavern Wench" who walks you through the building explaining the history of the tavern, the people who stayed there, and the customs. Learned the origin of many well used terms, such as "mind your ps and qs, bartender... More 

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