Presidents’ Day In The Fredericksburg Region
Presidents’ Day will be here before you know it! Fredericksburg is no stranger to celebrating presidents, especially Washington who lived here and whose mother is buried here. There are several events being held throughout Presidents’ Day week that that you are sure to love!
Let’s not forget that our first president and former Stafford resident, George Washington’s birthday is what started Presidents’ Day.
Celebrate Washington’s 288th birthday at his boyhood home at Ferry Farm with fun activities for the whole family – including games, crafts, exhibits, archaeology lab tours (what kid wouldn’t love that?), living history activities, the Stone Throw Challenge (weather permitting), history theater, archaeology site tours, a photo booth, military drilling, and birthday cake. “General Washington” will attend the birthday celebration to talk about his youth on the farm! There will be tours of the Washington house offered as well. Cost: $5 adults; 17 and under free.
Don’t leave the celebrating to just one day!
Join The Washington Heritage Museums’ festivities throughout Presidents’ Day week:
- February 17th, 2020 – 11am – 4pm – 1/2 Price Admission for Washington’s Birthday Holiday. Join a specially discounted tours of Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop, Mary Washington House, or Rising Sun Tavern museums. Adult visitors may tour for only $3.50 for the day, and students are only $1.50. It’s a perfect day to tour all three museums at this great price!
- February 20, 2020 – Tavern Talk: “The Militiamen of Spotsylvania County,” 6pm – 8pm at Rising Sun Tavern –Many know that Charles Washington, a Colonel among the Spotsylvania Committee for Safety,
was the original owner of the house that later became the Rising Sun Tavern in the 1790s. Few know the distinguished military service of the other men who came to own, live in, or operate the building that stands today: George Augustine Washington, Larkin Smith, Gustavus B. Wallace, John Frazer, James Fisher, John Harvey, and Joseph Verone. Enjoy a free presentation followed by discussion on the history of Spotsylvania militiamen with a local military history expert, for the inaugural Tavern Talk.
- February 22, 2020 – Happy Birthday, George! 11am – 4pm at the Mary Washington House. Enjoy cake, punch and children’s activities while honoring George Washington and his enduring legacy. Celebrate his birthday with a tour of the Mary Washington House to learn more about the life of the woman who raised him. This special tour will highlight 18th century birthday traditions and celebrations.
James Monroe Museum will be hosting a free lecture
Monday, February 17, 7:00-8:30 PM, Monroe Hall, Room 116, UMW: James Monroe’s Missouri Compromise
Enjoy a lecture from Dr. Robert Forbes, author of The Missouri Compromise and Its Aftermath: Slavery and the Meaning of America. James Monroe’s presidency is remembered by history as a brief interlude of national harmony, well-being, and relief from partisan strife. Yet it was also the time of the Missouri crisis–Jefferson’s “knell of the Union,” the devastating Panic of 1819, and the perilous presidential election of 1824. This talk will explore Monroe’s pivotal but unheralded role in shepherding the nation through one of its greatest times of danger, and keeping alive the spark of Revolutionary idealism.
Take a self guided Presidential tour through Fredericksburg with the app, Traipse!
Just download the app (available in ios and android), find Fredericksburg, and then select the Presidential Fredericksburg tour. The app is free
and very easy to navigate. Stops include: James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library, Lincoln’s Historic Footsteps, Hugh Mercer Apothecary, Thomas Jefferson Religious Freedom Monument, Meditation Rock and more!