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Richmond, Fredericksburg and the Northern Neck Sights

Rising Sun Tavern

Updated 12/31/1969

Fodor's Review

In 1760 George Washington's brother Charles built as his home what later became the Rising Sun Tavern, a watering hole for such patriots as the Lee brothers (the only siblings to sign the Declaration of Independence); Patrick Henry, the five-term governor of Virginia who said, "Give me liberty or give me death"; and future presidents Washington and Jefferson. Two male indentured servants and a "wench" in period costume lead a tour without stepping out of character. From them, you hear how travelers slept and what they ate and drank at this busy institution.

Sight Information

Address:

1304 Caroline St., Fredericksburg, Virginia, 22401, USA

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Phone:

540-371–1494

Sight Details:

  • $5
  • Mar.–Oct., Mon.–Sat. 10–5, Sun. 11–4; Nov.–Feb., Mon.–Sat. 11–4, Sun. noon–4

Updated 12/31/1969

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