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Traipse Walking Tours

Traipse Walking Tours

TAKE YOUR BRAIN FOR A WALK. Explore streetscapes, historic landmarks, and locally owned businesses while challenging your brain with fun puzzles and clues. Tours to take: African-American Heritage of Fredericksburg Tour provides an opportunity learn and reflect. This...
James Monroe Museum

James Monroe Museum

The James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library, located in historic downtown Fredericksburg, Virginia, is the largest repository in the country for artifacts and documents related to the fifth president of the United States. The museum was first opened in 1927 by Monroe...
Aquia Church

Aquia Church

A national historic landmark, built between 1751-1757, Aquia is one of the finest examples of colonial church architecture in Virginia, and one of the oldest churches still actively used in America. The church is noted for its Aquia stone trim, like what was quarried...
Fielding Lewis Store

Fielding Lewis Store

On the corner of Caroline and Lewis streets sits a small red brick building built in 1749. This building was originally the Fielding Lewis Store. Besides being one of the oldest buildings in America and the oldest in Fredericksburg, the Fielding Lewis Store can also...
Thorton Cemetery

Thorton Cemetery

The cemetery where some of the earliest settlers to the area (including some Washington family members) are buried is a small, handsome burial ground with notable ironwork and old monuments.
Wilderness Exhibit Shelter

Wilderness Exhibit Shelter

The Battle of the Wilderness first pitted General Robert E. Lee against Union General Ulysses S. Grant in May of 1864. The battle turned the tide of the war as Grant continued his march, “On to Richmond.” The shelter exhibits explains the Battle of the...
Shiloh Baptist Church (Old Site)

Shiloh Baptist Church (Old Site)

In the mid 1800’s Shiloh Baptist was sold to its all black congregation for a sum of $500. Over the years the church grew and had several name changes. Today there are several Shiloh Baptist churches in the Fredericksburg area. During the Civil War, the original...
Spotsylvania Court House Historic District

Spotsylvania Court House Historic District

Spotsylvania County proudly shares a distinctive heritage that visitors can experience through our significant sites, markers and battlefields. Be sure to see the Spotsylvania Courthouse District, designated a Virginia Historic Landmark and listed in The National...
Bricks an’ Boards in the ‘Burg

Bricks an’ Boards in the ‘Burg

The Fredericksburg Area Museum (FAM), in association with Hallowed Ground Tours, presents a series of walking tours of downtown Fredericksburg and its historic neighborhoods. Tour guides will discuss examples of four-centuries of architecture and unravel the...
Hallowed Ground Tours

Hallowed Ground Tours

Personal in-car or bus step-on service from the area’s Premier Tour Guide service is available for in-depth tours highlighting local history, from the area’s Colonial past through the Civil War era, and beyond. Visitors can walk among the sites, not just...
Gari Melchers Home and Studio

Gari Melchers Home and Studio

Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont – The richly furnished country house and working studio of American impressionist painter Gari Melchers (1860-1932) can be seen as they appeared in the 1920s. Explore the colorful formal gardens and wooded hiking trails...
Spotsylvania County Museum

Spotsylvania County Museum

The Museum relates County history from 1722 with its collection of artifacts and exhibits beginning with John Smith’s earliest expiration through the Civil War exhibit, “17 Days in May”, the Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse.  You will enjoy learning the history...
George Washington’s Boyhood Home at Ferry Farm

George Washington’s Boyhood Home at Ferry Farm

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the bulk of your tour of Ferry Farm will take place outside. Time inside the Washington house will be more limited than normal. Except for access to the restroom, our visitors center, museum gallery, and gift shop are closed. Please...
Chancellorsville Battlefield

Chancellorsville Battlefield

Located 13 miles west of Fredericksburg, the area around this visitor center was the scene of the accidental wounding of Confederate General “Stonewall” Jackson in the May 1863 battle known as Robert E. Lee’s greatest victory of the Civil War. Audio-visual program,...
Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop

Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop

ca. 1772 This eighteenth-century building was restored to house the Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop, a museum of medicine, pharmacy, and military and political affairs.  Dr. Mercer served the citizens of Fredericksburg with medicines and treatments of the time....
Historic Kenmore

Historic Kenmore

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the bulk of your tour at Kenmore will take place outside. Time inside the house will be more limited than normal. Except for access to the restrooms, our visitors center, museum gallery, and gift shop in the Crowninshield Building are...
Stafford Civil War Park

Stafford Civil War Park

By January 1863, the Army of the Potomac was demoralized and defeated.  After losing the Battle of Fredericksburg in December and the Mud March, General Ambrose Burnside was replaced by General Joseph Hooker.  At that critical time the Union Army had more...