Tour The Washington Heritage Museums

March 18th, 2019 by

Heritage Museum

You know that Fredericksburg is a town that’s about as historically significant as it gets. In fact, this area is where the United States started to take shape. That means you should take advantage of all the historical sites and information you can learn from visiting them. But where are the best places to go? Well, the Washington Heritage Museums can all offer you a unique perspective on the history of Fredericksburg. These four historic house museums have a lot to teach you, and they are all ideal for a day trip.

Mary Washington House

Mary Washington, George Washington’s mother, lived in the Mary Washington House for the last 17 years of her life. Her son bought her the home in 1772. It might have been torn down, but it was saved and opened to the public in 1931. It now stands as a site of historical importance to the town of Fredericksburg and beyond. It’s open on Mondays through Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Sundays, from noon to 4 p.m.

St. James’ House

St. James’s House belonged to an attorney named James Mercer who also served on the Virginia House of Burgesses. This home is one of very few frame houses from the 18th century that is still standing, and it is home to an impressive collection of furniture and antiques. If you want to get a look into what life was like in the 18th century, this is the place to go. It’s open during Garden Week in April and by appointment.

Rising Sun Tavern

George Washington’s youngest brother, Charles, built the Rising Sun Tavern and called it his home around 1760. However, it didn’t stay a home forever. In 1792, it became a tavern, and from there, it became a popular stop for people traveling through the area. It is known for its incredible woodwork, some of which are original. It’s open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays through Saturdays and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays.

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Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop

During his time, Dr. Mercer provided medicine and medical care to the area’s inhabitants after the house was converted into an apothecary shop. He practiced in the area for 15 years. You can visit the apothecary on Mondays through Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Sundays, from noon to 4 p.m.

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