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Washington Heritage Museums Calendar

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Mercer Birthday Celebration

 Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop

Sunday, January 14th, 2024

12:00 – 4:00 pm

FREE to the public

Celebrate the birthday of Brigadier General and physician Hugh Mercer! Born in Scotland in 1726, Mercer fought at the Battle of Culloden during the Jacobite uprising and later immigrated to North America. During the American Revolution, Mercer died of wounds suffered at the Battle of Princeton in January, 1777. Celebrate his 297th birthday with an open house at the Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop in downtown Fredericksburg, VA. Hear live bagpipe and harp tunes as you enjoy a complimentary tour and refreshments

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Ballads & Brews 

 Rising Sun Tavern

Saturday, March 9, 2024

5:00pm, 6:30pm & 8:00pm


$35 tickets  |  $30 for WHM members

Join us in our 18th-century tavern to sample historic drinks and treats and learn about early Fredericksburg’s connections to Ireland and Scotland. Sing along with Kinda Celtic as they perform authentic drinking songs that patrons sang in taverns of old!


The colonists of Virginia, including early Fredericksburg, came from many places, but those who came from Ireland and Scotland left an indelible mark on the culture and events of the 18th-century. At this year's Ballads & Brews event, we'll raise a toast to these immigrants and to the Gaelic music and traditions that influenced our area. Join us in our 18th-century tavern to sample historic drinks and treats inspired by this period, including whiskey punch and Irish ale. We will sing along together as Kinda Celtic performs authentic drinking songs that patrons sang right here in Fredericksburg!

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Sponsored by

Lewis Insurance Associates

Central Rappahannock Regional Library Theater - 10:00 am

Enjoy lectures on a wide variety of subjects that are sure to interest local history lovers.  Lectures are held on the first Thursday of March, April, May, October, November, and December at 10:00 AM. 

March 2, 2023 | Shared Vision: The Mary Washington Monument, Panel presentation: Jeanette Cadwallender, Nancy Moore, Chuck Fennell and Anne Darron

April 6, 2023 | African American History in Stafford County, by Frank White, Local Historian

May 4, 2023 | Church, State, and Freedom in Early America, by David Marsich, Assistant Professor of History at Germanna Community College

October 5, 2023 | Give Me Liberty ! The S.S. Mary Ball, by Scott Walker, Retired Educator and Local Historian

November 2, 2023 | Modern Technologies, Public Engagement and Evolving History, by Jenna Edwards, Partner with The Edwards Law Firm and WHM Volunteer

December 7, 2023 | Black Women’s History in the Fredericksburg Area, by Gaila Sims, Curator of African American History & Special Projects for the Fredericksburg Area Museum

The use of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library’s meeting facility does not constitute either the library’s endorsement or sponsorship of the program or the organizer’s policies and beliefs.

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