Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg Tours

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Dinner and a movie? How about dinner and live professional theater instead? That’s just one of the big surprises found in and around the city of Fredericksburg. Four major Civil War battlefields surround the historic town and George Washington grew up right across the river.
History is a big deal here, but so is food, shopping, wine and spirits (both drinkable and otherworldly). Cool, hands-on experiences are available at a bourbon distillery, a top winery and great new brewery. Chocolate crafting workshops are finger-licking good fun. Get a personal tour of George Washington’s boyhood home site from the resident archaeologist. If, as legend has it, young George threw a half-dollar across a river or chopped down a cherry tree, it happened here. Follow the path of an escaping slave during the Civil War. Visit a historic downtown shopping district full of art galleries, and America’s oldest soda-fountain. Discover a love story for the ages at the home of a famous artist. See a Civil War battlefield through the eyes of a soldier on an unforgettable tour. And Fredericksburg is home to some of Virginia’s top restaurants – and a frozen custard stand that’s on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Fabulous Food

For a small city Fredericksburg has a big reputation for great food and cool culinary experiences. Enjoy a delightful meal with a river view at Brock’s Riverside Grill. At Spencer Devon Brewing, one of Virginia’s best new breweries, enjoy a food and beer pairing with the resident brewmaster and chef. Walk through the operation at A. Smith Bowman Distillery and learn the fascinating process of how top-shelf whiskey, rum and vodka are made. Sip and Savor on this culinary tour of Fredericksburg.

History and Heritage

Four major Civil War battles were fought in and around Fredericksburg. Hear the stories of the armies and soldiers with an entertaining tour led by an expert guide. George Washington grew up at Ferry Farm. Meet the archaeologist and get a first-hand look at what secrets the earth there is yielding. Tour Chatham Manor and grounds, a Union hospital where Clara Barton and Walt Whitman tended the wounded. Enjoy a candlelight tour at Rising Sun Tavern and if you see a ghost say hello! Here is one history and heritage tour you might want to try!

Art Classes – Belmont Estate Fredericksburg Tourism Office

Arts and Culture

Stroll down historic Caroline Street in downtown Fredericksburg, which is nearly wall-to-wall with art galleries. Discover an incredible love story at Belmont, the home and studio of Gari Melchers, one of America’s top turn-of-the-century artists. Paint your own ceramic artwork at Pots & Palettes. Meet local artists who will show you their works at Liberty Town Arts Workshop. Create your own art on this tour!

Get Out!

Canoe your way along the lovely Rappahannock River with an expert guide. Pick your own delicious berries at Westmoreland Berry Farm. Take a woodland walking tour along the Rappahannock with a local naturalist on the Belmont Trails.

Gardens to view, prune and plant

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Kenmore & Gardens

The famous landscape architect Charles Gillette created the beautiful gardens at the historic homes Kenmore, Belmont and Chatham. Tour these lovely grounds with a local expert or come for Historic Garden Week (first week in April) for special tours and events. Visit a local nursery for a Gardening 101 workshop. Revitalize your inner gardener on this engaging garden tour!