What you will quickly discover when you visit the Fredericksburg area is that it offers an irresistible mix of modern amenities and entertainment combined with some fascinating historical locations and points of interest to explore.
If you would like to soak up some history on your vacation it would make sense to head for Fredericksburg. Here are some of the things to see and do there.
It is hard to argue with the unofficial title given to this area of “America’s Battleground”, as this is the part of the country where the Civil War reached its dramatic climax.
If you stay in the area at somewhere like the Courtyard Fredericksburg Historic District you will be in a good spot to explore the places that are inextricably linked to the Civil War, including Fredericksburg itself, together with Chancellorsville, Spotsylvania, and Wilderness.
The National Military Park in Fredericksburg is a great starting point for your historical tour and will inspire you to explore other sites in the area to gain a true sense of the historical importance of the area.
Historic house that is now a museum
If you want further evidence of what makes Fredericksburg such an amazing historical location you should plan a visit to the Market House where there is a museum that tells the story of the community’s history through the ages.
The Fredericksburg Area Museum offers a fascinating contrast of old and new stories and artefacts and give you a sense of how the community has evolved through its sometimes turbulent history.
The Washington connection
George Washington purchased a house for his mother in the area back in 1772 and the property is one of the historic sites in the area that many visitors consider to be a must-see opportunity.
The house is like stepping back in time and well worth putting on your agenda while in the area.
In addition, you can see the boyhood home of George Washington, which is Ferry Farm, and is situated just across the Rappahannock River near Fredericksburg.
A true sense of history
The historic district of Fredericksburg has more than 350 buildings dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries and when you travel around the area and the battlefields it is hard not to feel the weight of history that is so integral to this part of the country.
You also get a true sense of the history of the place when you visit the Fredericksburg National Cemetery, which has more than 15,000 union burials adjacent to the Civil War battlefields there.
What also makes this place so special to visit is the fact that once you have finished your history tour for the day, the town is ready to welcome you with some excellent modern-day Fredericksburg hospitality and amenities.
If you want an enjoyable vacation learning about the nation’s history, Fredericksburg is the ideal place to do it, so plan a few days at least in this fascinating location.