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Behind the Scenes at the Rising Sun Tavern

Date and virtual ticket price TBD

Join tavern keeper Daniel Hawkins and University of Mary Washington professor Michael Spencer in a behind-the-scenes look at the Rising Sun Tavern. Go behind the walls, above the ceilings, and under the ground to see how this historic property changed in its 258 years. From false doors, to graffiti, to the footprints of long-gone buildings—get an up-close look from the comfort of your home at some of the features of the property that tell different sides of the story.

Tavern Talks #2: “Eighteenth-Century Myths”

September 24, 2020

Curious about the actual height of our American ancestors or the true story of impressment at taverns? Join us for a live virtual presentation followed by a discussion about the many misconceptions we have today about 18th century life! Largely based on the popular book Death by Petticoat by Mary Miley Theobald, the discussion will cover many aspects of life during the colonial period. Learn the facts about the real world that shaped our nation!

 This virtual event is free. Donations welcomed.



A Toast to Bourbon & Boxwood

Dates and virtual ticket price TBD

This will be a virtual event held on October 30, 2020 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm. Sponsorship packets are available, and additional details will be released

very soon. 

Spirits of the Mary Washington House

Saturday, October 17, 2020
6:00 pm - 8:00pm


$15.00 for adults

$12.00 for students

$10.00 for members

Find out what happens when the guests are gone for the day.  Are there spirits at the Mary Washington House?  What stories are they trying to tell?



Holiday Open House

Sunday, December 6, 2020
4:30pm - 7pm

Tour the Mary Washington House by candlelight in the spirit of an 18th century Christmas. Shop for unique gifts in the gift shop while sipping hot cider and sampling Mary Washington's famous gingerbread. The gift shop will be hosting a sale with so many wonderful items to choose from you will be able to cross some holiday shopping off your list!

This is a FREE event! Bring all of your friends and family!

1300 Charles Street

Fredericksburg, Virginia  22401


(540) 373-5630


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