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Love, Honor, and Dueling


February 13 @ 10:00 am - 10:30 am Free


Washington Heritage Museums
(540) 373-5630


Virtual Event
From your own device VA United States


In the early days of the American republic, honor was almost everything. In matters of everyday life, politics, and love, to insult a person’s honor was a serious act, and the defense of that honor warranted one of history’s most dramatic and deadly pageants: dueling. When words were not enough, men and women left the defense of their honor to steel, smoke, and lead.
Join the Rising Sun Tavern’s keeper as we discuss how love, honor, and dueling became the talk of many towns and their taverns in 18th century and early 19th century America. Even Fredericksburg saw an early American duel between two of its leading gentlemen over the hand of a well-known lady!
Learn the stories of the men, and sometimes women, who took aim at each other (or the sky) and let fate decide the victor. The drama of duels, and their often controversial origins, will unfold during this Facebook Live event this Valentine’s Day weekend. Bring your questions!