Make Some History This Weekend in Fredericksburg

Make some history this weekend.

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For a day trip or long weekend, Fredericksburg offers wonderful food, shopping and history. Four major Civil War battlefields, as well as Colonial and Revolutionary War sites allow you to enjoy the outdoors, spend time with family and immerse yourself in history. Once you return from your trip, enjoy the many comforts offered by historic Fredericksburg and the surrounding area.

Historic Happenings

Rob Shenk

From battleground to hallowed ground, this day plan is built for those who want to jump right into history.

  • Print or download your tour map.
  • Get the day started with a classic Southern twist on breakfast at Mason Dixon Café.
  • Start your visit at the Fredericksburg Visitor Center. Obtain information on the places to visit and events offered through the spring, summer and fall.
  • Soak in sites from the Founding Era, including George Washington’s boyhood home at Ferry Farm or Kenmore. If you have time, learn about eighteenth century medical practices and see live leeches at the Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop.
  • Choose from a variety of daily specials for lunch at longtime local hotspot, J. Brian’s.
  • After a hearty meal, dive into the Civil War with a visit to the Fredericksburg Battlefield. If you have extra time, don’t forget the incredible Chancellorsville, Wilderness and Spotsylvania battlefields. Remember, hiking battlefields is also great way to wear out the kids!
  • Have dinner at Foode in the historic National Bank, once visited by President Abraham Lincoln.

Family Fun

Enhance your historical experience with fun and family-friendly activities all weekend!

Retail Therapy

From antiques to craft beer, we’ve put together a plan for fun and lasting memories.

Romantic

"Chatham Manor" by Darcy A. Otranto (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Fredericksburg is the perfect place to connect with your better half!

Before You Go

We’ve got some tips and advice for prepping for a visit to Fredericksburg, including weather and accommodations, everything you need to make your visit a comfortable and memorable one.                      

  • Check the weather so you know what to wear and how to pack
  • Download the Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville and Overland Campaign Battle Apps.
  • Find a place to stay that makes it easy to see and do as much as possible. The Courtyard Marriott is right in the middle of historic Fredericksburg. For an extra romantic experience, check out the Richard Johnston Inn.