Vacation on your mind? Look no further than Fredericksburg, Virginia!
Fredericksburg is located about an hour south of Washington, D.C. and about an hour north of Richmond, Virginia. The city lies next to the Rappahonnack River which is where American Indians loved to fish and hunt. The history of the area goes back to the 1600’s! Fredericksburg first became a town in 1781.
There are many things to see and do in Fredericksburg. Great shopping, wonderful parks, many museums and more. I think the most fascinating thing about the area is the history.
Fredericksburg played an important part during the Revolutionary War. Munitions were manufactured here, five generals left their families here to fight and Fredericksburg fortunes were devoted to the cause. In 1777, Thomas Jefferson and others met here to draft the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom. Many buildings of the era still line the streets of Fredericksburg. The city was around for not only the Civil War, but also the Revolutionary war.
The Civil War played a prominant roll in the history of Frederickburg. Strategically located between two main cities, Washington D.C. and Richmond, Fredericksburg was the mid-point between the North and the South.
Many battles were fought in Fredericksburg and there are still many signs of these battles to be seen. It would take you a week to tour all of the battlefields! This town is a history lovers dream!
Recently Big and I saw a local Shakespeare play performed at Kenmore Plantation. I enjoyed the performance, but I also enjoyed knowing that I was sitting in an area where George Washington walked and the battle of the Civil War was fought. Kenmore Plantation has a hole in the side of the building from a cannon ball!
What, you say you are not a history buff? What else is there to do in Fredericksburg?
Shopping! The downtown area is not only full of history (remember Mary Washington lived there) but it is also full of shops! Shops of every kind! Great restaurants too!
If you love food and wine, Fredericksburg is the place for you. There are 4 or 5 wineries in the immediate area and many more within about a 50 mile radius. Recently my family and I went to Potomac Point Winery to celebrate my daughter’s 21st birthday! It was a great day and we all had some great wine!
There are so many other great things to do and places to see. You could drive north a little and spend time in our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. A short drive south would take you to Richmond , Virginia which is another great historic city. A short trip south will take you to Kings Dominion – a great Amusement park for the whole family.
Whether you have a few days or a week long vacation, Fredericksburg, Virginia should be your next Vacation Destination. Stop by the Fredericksburg official web page and find out more!