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Rising Sun Tavern General Admission Ticket

Charles Washington, George Washington's youngest brother, built this landmark in the 1760's as his private residence. After being sold outside the Washington family, the building was leased as a tavern in 1792. Operating as a stopover for travelers for 35 years in the bustling town of Fredericksburg, it was a popular diversion for travelers and locals alike. Today, costumed guides entertain visitors as though they have just stepped off their coaches into the late 18th-century life. See how bygone visitors slept, learn what they ate and drank, and immerse yourself in the now eccentric customs of historic travel and lodgings. The original 18th-century structure contains period furniture and artifacts. The museum, one of the Washington Heritage Museums, is just a short walk from its other three sites: the Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop, Mary Washington House, and St. James' House.

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Mary Washington House General Admission Ticket

In 1772, George Washington purchased a house from Michael Robinson in Fredericksburg for his mother. Mary Ball Washington spent her last 17 years in this comfortable home. The white frame house sits on the corner of Charles and Lewis streets and was in walking distance to Kenmore, home of Mary's daughter Betty Washington Lewis. Later in his life on his visits to Fredericksburg, George Washington was a frequent visitor to his mother's home, and in April 1789, he came to this house to receive a blessing from his mother before his inauguration. As was typical of the 18th century, Mary Washington had a "kitchen garden" where vegetables, greens and herbs were produced for the household. She also had a pleasure garden lined with boxwood in the style of the period. There was a boxwood path which led to Kenmore, where Mary's daughter, Betty, lived with her family. The Garden Club of Virginia undertook the restoration of Mary Washington's garden in 1967. Under the direction of Ralph E. Griswold, an 18th century- style garden was created. The Mary Washington House is one of the Washington Heritage Museums and is within walking distance of its other sites: the Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop, Rising Sun Tavern, and St. James' House. House admission includes garden.