Fredericksburg, VA

Geographic Location

Historic Fredericksburg, VA is conveniently located halfway between Washington, DC and Richmond along I-95. Fredericksburg is bordered to the east by King George County, to the south by Caroline County, to the west by Spotsylvania County, and to the north by Stafford County. It is also bordered to the North by the Rappahannock River and is a stop on the VRE and Amtrak rails.  
 

Overall Personality

Fredericksburg, with its small, old town charm, character and historical significance is also on the cutting edge of the latest business, arts, medical and social venues, as well as technological advancements.  The city has something for everyone, is exploding with diversity and cultural influences and, as a result, has become somewhat of a melting pot.
 

Defining Characteristics

Between 1671 and 1727 when the settlement of Fredericksburg received its official charter from the House of Burgesses and was named in honor of Frederick, Prince of Wales, the Rappahannock River attracted business owners interested in the commerce opportunities the river offered. You know what they say, Location, Location, Location. As a result, large plantation homes sprang up on the banks of the river.
 
Steeped in history everywhere you turn, Fredericksburg is home to the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, which is the second largest military park in the world. Even if you aren’t a history buff, you can’t help but be moved by the area’s famous four battlefields, museums, cemeteries and monuments.
 
Today, the streets of Caroline and Princess Ann bustle with patrons of the arts, antiques, restaurants, specialty shops, churches, and professional businesses.
Home to the University of Mary Washington and more than 4000 liberal arts and graduate students,  the impact of a young college crowd keeps this “Old” town young and vibrant.
 

Noteworthy Attractions

Within minutes you can walk down Caroline or Princess Ann streets to visit quaint shops, cafes, bars and restaurants, or stroll over and visit the “Sunken Road” and Marye’s Heights where more than 18,000 lost their lives between December 11 and 15th of 1862 during the Civil War Battle of Fredericksburg. You can also walk down to Caroline Street and visit the historic Rising Sun Tavern, built by George Washington’s brother Charles and visited by George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and others. Just two blocks away from there you can visit the Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop where you can view the old medical methods used in the 18th century. 
 
Military and History buffs can get lost in the areas museums, battlefields, cemeteries and historic landmarks. They include:
         Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania National Military Park including 4 Battlefields
         Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitors Center and National Cemetery
         Fredericksburg Confederate Cemetery
         Chatham Manor
         Kenmore Plantation and Gardens
         Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont
         Mary Washington House
         Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop
         James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library
         George Washington’s Boyhood home at Ferry Farm
         Rising Sun Tavern
 
For a truly enlightened experience, come and see the Fredericksburg National Cemetery Annual Luminary; part of the Memorial Day events where each of the 15,300 graves are lit with a luminaria (a fire proof bag with a candle inside). The event is sponsored by the local Boy and Girl Scout clubs. Taps is played every 30 minutes that evening and park service volunteers are there with true stories, guided tours or answers to your questions.
 
When you are ready for a delectable dining experience, take a break and eat at one of the many fine downtown restaurants like Foode, La Petite Auberge, Brocks Riverside Grill, Cork and Table, Deutschland Downtown, Old Town Steak and Seafood, Ristorante Renato, Mason Dixon Café, Castiglia’s, The Bavarian Chef, or Bistro Bethem.
 
Saturday mornings from April through October stroll through the Farmers Market in Hurkamp Park for the best of the area’s farm vegetables, fruits, meats, homemade breads, jellies, butters and more.
 
First Fridays of each month in downtown Fredericksburg are open house night for all the art galleries and specialty shops where the art community welcomes you to peruse impressive artistic expressions of every kind. Enjoy complimentary drinks and hors d'oeuvre, live music, meeting the accomplished artists themselves, and experiencing hometown goodness at its best.
 
During the winter you won’t want to miss the annual Christmas Parade the evening of the first Saturday in December. Stretching from Lafayette Blvd. down Caroline Street, up George St. and down Princess Ann, this Parade is spectacular with floats and marching presentations of every kind;  scouts, fire trucks, churches, civic organizations, choirs, bands, and of course, Santa Clause. Come early and stake out your place in front of your favorite shop. Food and drinks abound and the merriment is infectious.
 
For a special, one of a kind treat, reserve your trolley ride or a romantic old town Horse and Carriage ride. Both these attractions can be scheduled for your private event (weddings, parties, visitors, or just a date) in and around Fredericksburg.
 
One of our favorite (and really quite a rare and special) attractions Fredericksburg patrons are very lucky to have is the Riverside Center for the Performing Arts and premiere dinner theater. Relax and enjoy a delicious fine dining experience with their 3-course meal, tea, coffee, full bar and the option of a delightful specialty show drink before being dazzled by a spectacular live performance of a classic or modern musical. Bringing Broadway to Virginia, reserve your seats for such blockbusters as Grease, Hair Spray, Evita, Man of La Mancha, Hello Dolly, West Side Story, The Sound of Music, The Full Monty, Phantom , Fiddler on the Roof, White Christmas and on and on. The theater offers 6 different shows a year.
 
For all those interested in liquid spirits and libations you will find a multitude of bars, breweries, wineries and distilleries in the Fredericksburg area. Here’s a breakdown for you:
Breweries
         Adventure Brewing Company (2 locations)
         Maltese Brewing Company
         Red Dragon Brewery
         Spencer Devon Brewing
 
Tap Rooms, wine bars and Ale Houses
         Capital Ale House
         Fredericksburg Brew Exchange
         J Brian’s Tap Room
         Kybecca Wine bar
         Sedona Tap House
               
Wineries
         Bacchus Winery
         Chateau Merrillanne Winery
         Hartwood Winery
         Lake Anna Winery
         Mattaponi Winery
         Potomac Point Winery
 
Distillery:
         A. Smith Bowman Distillery
 

Transportation Options

         The Virginia Railway Express
         Amtrak
         Interstate I95
         Route 1
         Fredericksburg Regional Transit (FRED Transit)
         Greyhound Bus Terminal
 
 

Types of Homes in the Area

 
Apartments, townhomes, historic homes, detached single family homes and condos are abundantly available in the city and the surrounding areas.
 
 

Public Schools in the City of Fredericksburg

 
         Hugh Mercer Elementary
         James Monroe High School
         Lafayette Upper Elementary
         Maury Field
         Original Walker Grant
         Walker-Grant Middle School
 
 

Private Schools in the Fredericksburg Area

 
         Fredericksburg Academy
         Fredericksburg Christian School
         Gladys H Oberle School
         Holy Cross Academy (Catholic)
         Lighthouse Academy of Fredericksburg (Montessori)
         The Marshall School (special education)
         St. Michael the Archangel High School (Catholic)
         St. Patrick School
         South Stafford Christian School (Baptist)
         Tree of Life Christian Prep School (Seventh Day Adventist)
 
 

Colleges

 
         University of Mary Washington
         Eastern Virginia Career College
         Virginia Baptist College
         Strayer University-Fredericksburg Campus
         Germanna Community College
 
 

Annual Events

 
         Christmas Parade
         Fredericksburg Farmers Market
         Fredericksburg Agricultural Fair
         Fredericksburg National Cemetery Luminary
         Soap Box Derby
         Heritage Festival
         Restaurant Week
         First Fridays

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