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The Rising Sun Tavern

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Address: 1304 Caroline Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Phone Number: 540 371 1494
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Wonderful Gem

I took my 13 year old daughter, we loved it! Great educational experience! I learned so much interesting history, like where the name for a Bar came from, how a hotel was like in... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Gordon C
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I took my 13 year old daughter, we loved it! Great educational experience! I learned so much interesting history, like where the name for a Bar came from, how a hotel was like in the early days, and the toilet they used for women...I will not spoil, but this place is well worth the time...one of my Favorite Gems in... More 

Thank Gordon C
Fredericksburg, Virginia
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015

I have been to Rising Sun Tavern a number of times because I am local to Fredericksburg but each time I go I learn something new. For example, I did not realize that it was originally built by Charles Washington, brother of George. I learned this recently while attending their annual open house which was wonderful. They had the place... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2015

Visited with a small group yesterday. The weather was great and the tavern tour was very good. The tour guide was friendly and interacted with the group. Worth the stop!

Thank Brendon H
Edenton, North Carolina
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16 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

We really enjoyed our tour here. Our wenches (guides) were friendly and informative. We both are very interested in early American history-- and we learned about what it was like in a "proper" inn of the time. Well worth the $5 entry.

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Sicklerville, New Jersey
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42 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

My husband and I visited Fredericksburg recently. We stopped in this Tavern (no alcohol though) and the wench was very informative. Apparently the Tavern Wench was an indentured servant at this high class inn. She explained her role and where the guests would stay. The upper class men, lower class men and women were in different rooms. We learned the... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

Charges admission but probably the best tour and friendliest guides in the city. I had a wonderful woman who kept in her character of a tavern wench. Interesting look into the guests who stayed at a high-class tavern in colonial times. Guides allow everyone to take their time and look around.

Thank Heatherfeather
Hallsville, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

Great Tour with wonderful tour guide; very informative. Don't miss this; worth the tour and the price. You are welcome to take your time on the grounds as well.

Thank LLynBo
Fort Collins, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Free to active duty military! Very knowledgeable tour guide, who keeps in character. Wonderful tour about day to day life and lodging during the 1700's.

Thank MiataMama08
Cape May, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015 via mobile

While there is no alcohol is served here you will get a wonderful feeling of what it was like to stay at this type of establishment during that time period. The bar wench, actually a dignified position, not what you think, takes you on a tour of what it would be like to stay here during that time period. Very... More 

Thank Rod V
Fredericksburg, Virginia
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35 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015 via mobile

Significant piece of history, but no ghosts during our visit. Not open all the time, check the Virginia Historical Society site for the schedule.

Thank James B

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