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Rising Sun Tavern 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.

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  • Address: 1304 Caroline St., Historic District, Fredericksburg, VA 22401 | Map It
  • Phone: 540/371–1494
  • Cost: $5
  • Hours: Mar.–Oct., Mon.–Sat. 10–5, Sun. 11–4; Nov.–Feb., Mon.–Sat. 11–4, Sun. noon–4
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  • Location: Fredericksburg

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