The Rising Sun Tavern, Fredericksburg

4.7
#1 of 8 in Museums in Fredericksburg
While not serving food or drink since 1827, the Rising Sun Tavern Museum provides a lively interpretation of Tavern life.

George Washington’s youngest brother, Charles, built this landmark in 1760 as his private residence. The building became a tavern in 1792.

Today, the “tavern wenches” and male “indentured servants” entertain visitors as though they have just stepped off their coaches into colonial times.
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  • We purchase a multi-point 24 hour ticket at the Visitor’s Center. The Rising Sun Tavern was great to see because of the history we were given about what it started out as and what it had become. This ...  more »
  • Very informative guided tour . A glimpse into life in that era. Guides were very good. We left tour early due to obnoxious guest on our tour- asking weird questsions and challenging the docent.  more »
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  • This is a great museum! I originally considered skipping it for lack of time but I’m glad I didn’t. One particular tour guide (don’t remember her name) was very enthusiastic and knowledgable, treating us like real guests at a tavern. I enjoyed learning about how taverns operated in the 1700s and how women and men led very different lives in the same building. I would definitely recommend visiting this museum.
  • Very cool history. We did a behind the scenes tour and learned a lot of interesting stuff.
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