Rising Sun Tavern (Fredericksburg, Virginia)

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

The Rising Sun Tavern is a historic building in Fredericksburg, Virginia. It was built in 1760 as a home by Charles Washington, younger brother of 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 John Marshall, James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, George Mason, and John Paul Jones, among others, during the American Revolutionary War.[4] It was the site of George Washington's "great reception"[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[3] and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1966.[2][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.


  1. "Virginia Landmarks Register". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Retrieved 19 March 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 Staff (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Rising Sun Tavern". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-04-24.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Couture, Richard (1984). To Preserve and Protect. Dallas, TX: Taylor Publishing Company. p. 91. ISBN 0-917565-01-0.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Rising Sun Tavern". Retrieved 2008-04-26.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Stephen Lissandrello (February 10, 1975). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Rising Sun Tavern" (pdf). National Park Service.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> and Accompanying three photos, exterior, from 1969 PDF (32 KB)
  7. Frank S. Melvin (June 30, 1972). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Rising Sun Tavern" (pdf). National Park Service.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> (at Virginia DHR, with topographical map showing location)

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