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Rising Sun Tavern (Fredericksburg, Virginia)

Rising Sun Tavern
Rising Sun Tavern
Rising Sun Tavern (Fredericksburg, Virginia) is located in Virginia
Rising Sun Tavern (Fredericksburg, Virginia)
Location 1304 Caroline Street, Fredericksburg, Virginia
Built 1760
Architect Unknown
Architectural style No Style Listed
Governing body Preservation Virginia
Part of Fredericksburg Historic District (#71001053)
NRHP Reference # 66000919
VLR # 111-0088
Significant dates
Added to NRHP October 15, 1966[1]
Designated NHL January 29, 1964[2]
Designated CP September 22, 1971
Designated VLR September 9, 1969[3]

The Rising Sun Tavern is a historic building in George Washington, and became a tavern in 1792.


This house, built by the younger brother of George Washington, was a popular stop for many, including [4] after the Battle of Yorktown. It was also the site of the first meeting of the Virginia Chapter of the Society of Cincinnati in 1783. The property was sold to Larkin Smith in 1791 and turned into a tavern.

The Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities, which is now called Preservation Virginia, purchased the building in 1907 and it was given to the Fredericksburg Branch of that group to operate. In 1933, the Society of Cincinnati hosted a Sesquicentennial celebration on the property and presented Preservation Virginia with a bronze medal in appreciation of their preservation efforts.[4] The building is filled with period furnishings and stories of early life in Fredericksburg.[5] In mid-2012, Preservation Virginia signed an agreement passing ownership to the newly created "Washington Heritage Museums" group by 2013. The site continues to be open as a museum.

It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1964[2] and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1966.[1][6][7]

No longer serving food and drink, "Tavern Wenches" and male "Indentured Servants" provide visitors with a lively interpretation of eighteenth-century tavern life. The site is open daily.


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  6. ^ and Accompanying three photos, exterior, from 1969 PDF (32 KB)
  7. ^ (at Virginia DHR, with topographical map showing location)

External links

  • Official website
  • Rising Sun Tavern, Fredericksburg, one photo at Virginia DHR
  • Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) No. VA-11-1, "Rising Sun Tavern, 1304 Caroline Street, Fredericksburg, Fredericksburg, VA", 14 photos, 6 measured drawings, 7 data pages, 1 photo caption page, supplemental material
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