Rising Sun Tavern

1304 Caroline Street, Fredericksburg, Virginia   540.371.1494

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 youngest brother Charles around 1760 as his home, this frame building became a tavern in 1792 when it was purchased by the Wallace family.  It operated for 35 years as a stopover for travelers in the bustling port town of Fredericksburg.

Preservation Virginia acquired the Rising Sun Tavern in 1907 and completed a series of restorations including the front porch.  Much of the beautiful woodwork in the tavern is original.  

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


Visitors to the site will experience a colorful introduction to 18th century tavern life through a lively tour given by costumed interpreters.



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