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The Rising Sun Tavern

1304 Caroline St, Fredericksburg, VA 22401-3704
+1 540-371-1494
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Historical Horse and Carriage Tour of Fredricksburg Virginia
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While not serving food or drink since 1827, the Rising Sun Tavern Museum provides a lively interpretation of late 18th-century Tavern life. Charles Washington, George Washington's youngest brother, built this landmark in the 1760's as his private residence. After being sold outside the Washington family, the building was leased as a tavern in 1792. Operating as a stopover for travelers for 35 years in the bustling town of Fredericksburg, it was a popular diversion for travelers and locals alike. Today, costumed guides entertain visitors as though they have just stepped off their coaches into the late 18th-century life. See how bygone visitors slept, learn what they ate and drank, and immerse yourself in the now eccentric customs of historic travel and lodgings. The original 18th-century structure contains period furniture and artifacts.
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  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
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“fun facts” (5 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
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1304 Caroline St, Fredericksburg, VA 22401-3704
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+1 540-371-1494
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"upper class"
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"fun facts"
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"younger brother"
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"colonial life"
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"colonial times"
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"early america"
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"knowledgeable guides"
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"great tour"
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"period costume"
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"step back in time"
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"come alive"
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"ask questions"
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"visiting fredericksburg"
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We stopped in Fredericksburg on the way to Williamsburg and so glad we found this great little museum! The two tour guides (Jillian and Abigail) did an excellent job - dressed in period clothing and “acting” their roles perfectly. They were both entertaining and informative....More

Thank hjhollier
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were excited to see and tour the 3 places but found it being costly $7 per person for each one. Sending the day in DC and touring around without spending an dime was hard to put $126 for all of us to enjoy the...More

1  Thank hbarrett2018
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Rising_Sun_Tavern, Front Office Manager at The Rising Sun Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We are always looking for ways to improve. Please call our office at 540-373-5630 to discuss your experience. Thank you, Washington Heritage Museums

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The knowledge of the folks giving the tour is amazing. The gave us so much history and stories about the Inn and the artifacts with in it. Totally worth a visit. Like other historic places in town, you are not allowed to take pictures inside...More

Thank Dick S
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Learned a lot about colonial lodging (like multiple men shared a bed for the their stay). Fun place visit and learn a few things. The tour guides were in period dress and character tons of fun

1  Thank Klamath87
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Reviewed 17 May 2018 via mobile

Very interesting, informative tour guide. Good for adults, but probably not very interesting for children unless they love history.

Thank Deb C
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Reviewed 16 May 2018

Interesting to hear so many things about how people traveled so long ago. Also how some of the things we say today were derived from events that happened back then. They are dressed in period costumes and talk about things as if you are a...More

Thank Kelly C
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Reviewed 3 May 2018 via mobile

This was a glimpse into what travel was like in early America. The tour was done with a lot of humor.

1  Thank Carol C
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Reviewed 10 April 2018 via mobile

Great tour. The tour guide/interpreters were outstanding and made the experience so much better. Totally worth the price of admission. You can get a discount with the other museums.

Thank James C
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Reviewed 11 February 2018

Yes, you should stop in here on your visit to Fredericksburg. Guides in period costumes ads to a fun experience.

Thank Rebecca S
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Reviewed 21 January 2018

We had an hour to fill before a lunch date in Fredericksburg and walked in to the Rising Sun Tavern. We were the only visitors and were given a private tour without any wait time. The tour guide gave us a riveting description of daily...More

Thank Karen B
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marnettmom
18 September 2016|
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Response from Rising_Sun_Tavern | Property representative |
We are a living history museum, and no longer serve daily refreshments.
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knitone1109
26 April 2015|
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Response from Rising_Sun_Tavern | Property representative |
Guided tours take 20-30 minutes, but can take longer as guests are encouraged to ask questions.
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