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The Rising Sun Tavern

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Address: 1304 Caroline Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
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Know where the saying "Mind your Ps & Qs" came from? Do you know why the word barkeeper was coined? You will after this tour. Such a fun tour; one of my Fredericksburg... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Patricia H
Fredericksburg, Virginia

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Know where the saying "Mind your Ps & Qs" came from? Do you know why the word barkeeper was coined? You will after this tour. Such a fun tour; one of my Fredericksburg favorites.

Thank Patricia H
Fredericksburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The docents were entertaining and knowledgeable. No rush so plenty of time to ask questions. A real eye-opener.

Thank Elainethemum
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

Very interesting . Tour guides are dressed in period clothing. Tell you about life in an 18th century tavern. Learn the differences between men, women, upper class and the common man while they stayed here. Guides are excellent. I don't think children would be interested.

2 Thank Leslie W
El Cerrito, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

The building is interesting, but the tour is wonderful. You will really gain a sense of the life of the well-heeled as well as the common man in early America. And the tavern was mostly open to men. You will learn the origins of many expressions (such as "Bottoms Up") in this fascinating tour.

2 Thank sewkap
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016

This site provides a great look into our nation's history in this house built by George Washington's brother Charles. The house soon became a tavern and the rooms are filled with period furniture. You can visit on your own for free but I would recommend the $5 guided visit which lasts about 45 minutes. The two young people leading the... More 

2 Thank Stephen D
Winston Salem, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

The Tavern keepers are in traditional dress, very professional but a super fun short tour. You will be informed about many fun sayings that we all say but really didn't know their origin. AAA members get a discount, adult was $4, and student under 18 was $1.50. Highly recommend !

1 Thank TrippEagles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Our group thoroughly enjoyed this demonstration of Colonial life and times. You are ushered in the door and treated as a guest in the 1700s. We learned a lot of history and the guides did a wonderful job informing us.

1 Thank TXSnoot
Wilmington, Delaware
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

It was so exciting to see an original building from the 1700s! Wonderful tour of first floor and an interesting self-guided tour of the rooms upstairs. My daughter and I really enjoyed our visit and I will be sure to visit again with my husband!

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

What a great place to visit. My husband and I were greeted as we entered by Abby who explained all the rooms on the main floor. What a knowledgeable young lady. Not only did she give us the history of the building, she also added some additional fun facts. We were then allowed to visit the second floor on our... More 

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

Best tour of what early America was like with hotels and travel. Every time we had people visit this our first choice. It only takes about 45 minutes but is a nice educational tour of the types and levels of hospitality was available.

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