The Rising Sun Tavern

The Rising Sun Tavern, Fredericksburg: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, The Rising Sun Tavern Reviews: 4.5/5

The Rising Sun Tavern
4.5
Historic Sites • History Museums
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
About
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 residence. After being sold outside the Washington family, the building was leased as a tavern in 1792. Operating as a stopover for travelers for 35 years in the bustling town of Fredericksburg, it was a popular diversion for travelers and locals alike. Today, costumed guides entertain visitors as though they have just stepped off their coaches into the late 18th-century life. See how bygone visitors slept, learn what they ate and drank, and immerse yourself in the now eccentric customs of historic travel and lodgings. The original 18th-century structure contains period furniture and artifacts.
Suggested duration
< 1 hour
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Kate Illinois1
Chicago, Illinois3,370 contributions
1760 home of Charles Washington
May 2021
Tour was included on the Day Pass. Built in the 1760s for Charles Washington, younger brother of George Washington, and served as his residence while he lived in Fredericksburg. In 1792 John Frazer converted the house into a tavern known as the Golden Eagle. Great history tour that takes you through the era and many interesting artifacts. Sadly another stop that interior pictures not allowed. We wanted to share our stories with friends and family but can't remember everything we saw and learned because no pictures to keep those wonderful memories alive.
Written June 28, 2021
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Kathryn San Diego
2 contributions
A MUST SEE IN FREDERICKSBURG'S HISTORICAL DISTRICT
Jun 2021
The tour guide (a young lady) was incredible! She gave us many insights and lot of information about the building, the occupants, and the furnishings. The tour couldn't have been better! If you are short of time and have to choose between sites, don't miss this tavern!
Written June 11, 2021
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Venture785666
Thank you for your feedback on your tour of the Rising Sun Tavern! We're so pleased you enjoyed your tour.
Written June 14, 2021
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CShawver
Newport News, VA42 contributions
Great Tour!
Feb 2020
Tour was direct and filled with several key notes of historical importance. The guide was very informative and welcoming.
Written March 16, 2020
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nderiley
Washington DC, DC226 contributions
Very Informative Tour
Oct 2019
A well constructed recreation of the tavern that existed in the structure. Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable (almost to a fault because the tour was a bit long and no where to sit) and they have some really cool artifacts, like the original tavern operating license. This place is a must stop IMO
Written October 28, 2019
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gvanderlinde
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic243 contributions
historic place
Oct 2019
A place ver well keep, with a ver ineresting story, they explain how it was run by Washinton brother. Nice furniture of the time.
Written October 9, 2019
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virginiatraveler9
virginia12 contributions
Life in the colonies
Oct 2019
Charles Washington (George's younger brother) built it. The next owners turned it into a tavern. If you want a slice of colonial life, The Rising Sun Tavern is a must visit. Tour guides dressed in colonial attire will lead you from dining room to sitting room to kitchen and of course, the bar! Great fun and a lot of history here.
Written October 7, 2019
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ks0kie
Kansas City, MO66 contributions
Historical and interesting
Aug 2019
Another interesting, historical place in Fredericksburg. It is setup with dining and lodging and the tour guides do a great job of explaining the customs of the time. We bought the multi-site 24 hour pass from the Visitor's Center which included this site. Note, though we had no one with disabilities in our small group, the Tavern is very limited for those with mobility challenges as there are stairs to get up to the porch and to the second floor.
Written September 21, 2019
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Scott M
Honolulu, United States2 contributions
A Must See Historical Site
Sep 2019
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 rich description of what a traveller would have experienced had they used the services of this establishment.
Written September 15, 2019
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Bathfurnituredsgnr
Collierville, TN629 contributions
Porch is Original Height of the Street
Jul 2019 • Family
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.
Written September 14, 2019
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hrlamph
7 contributions
The Haunted History
Jan 2019
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.
Written September 3, 2019
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The Rising Sun Tavern is open:
  • Sun - Sun 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Mon - Mon 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Wed - Sat 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM


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