1304 Caroline Street, Fredericksburg, Virginia

ca. 1760

1304 Caroline St, Fredericksburg, VA 22401

1304 Caroline St, Fredericksburg, VA 22401



March - October

Monday-Saturday 10am - 5pm

Sunday 12noon - 4pm


November - February

Monday-Saturday 11am - 4pm

Sunday 12 noon - 4pm


Closed: Thanksgiving Day, December 24-25, 31 and January 1


Admission Fees:

Adults - $5  Children 6-18 - $2  Children under 6 - free

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Property History

Built by George Washington's younger brother Charles around 1760 as his home, this frame building became a tavern in 1792, operating as a stopover for travelers in the bustling town of Fredericksburg.
Preservation Virginia acquired Rising Sun Tavern in 1907. A complete restoration took place in the 1950s. Much of the woodwork in the tavern is original. 


The building is now owned operated as a museum by Washington Heritage Museums which received the building as a gift from Preservation Virginia on January 3, 2013.   

Visitors to the site will experience a colorful introduction to eighteenth-century tavern life through a lively tour of the tavern.  Costumed interpreters tell of a typical stay for upper, middling, & lower classes at a tavern in Colonial times.

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