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Richmond, Fredericksburg and the Northern Neck Sights

Rising Sun Tavern

  • 1304 Caroline St. Map It
  • Historic District
  • House/Mansion/Villa

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


1304 Caroline St., Fredericksburg, Virginia, 22401, United States

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Sight Details:

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


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