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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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Fascinating History

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Fredericksburg, Virginia
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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW 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.

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Ashland, MA
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5 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 5 weeks ago

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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5 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016

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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Rising_Sun_Tavern, Manager at The Rising Sun Tavern, responded to this review

We apologize that your visit was less than satisfactory. We appreciate your feedback as we strive to improve. While I believe part of your tour was with our guide-in-training, we make an effort to provide the best experience consistently, regardless of guide tenure. As the manager, I would like to extend an invitation to email rst@washingtonheritagemuseums.org to discuss options. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

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 June 29, 2016

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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