My Daily Photo Walk: Fredericksburg, VA
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27 - Fredericksburg 1Mary Washington's home on Charles Street. 27 - Fredericksburg 2Mary Washington's grave I have always told people how much I love downtown Frederick, and that one would be hard pressed to find a similar downtown that combines so much history, architecture, great shops, and good restaurants. But today I discovered Fredericksburg, and it certainly rivals Frederick in many ways.
27 - Fredericksburg 3See the barber in the mirror? 27 - Fredericksburg 4 The history in Fredericksburg began in Colonial times when it was a prominent port along the Rappahannock River. Notable Revolutionary War figures lived in Fredericksburg, including generals Hugh Mercer and George Weedon. George Washington's birthplace was nearby, and his mother Mary's home and grave are both in town, as well as the home of his sister Betty. His brother Charles built the Rising Sun Tavern; I walked by several of these sites today. A number of places are named for Mary Washington, including a hospital and a university.
27 - Fredericksburg 9 27 - Fredericksburg 6Old fashioned pharmacy During the Civil War, two battles were fought at Fredericksburg, and there is a rather large Confederate Cemetery. The battlefield draws many visitors each year.
I began my walk at the Visitor Center on Caroline Street. I highly recommend stopping at the Visitor Center in any new location. They always have great walking maps with marked historical stops along the way. I walked the entire gray area of the map: up Caroline, down Princess Anne, up Charles, over on George, along Fauquier, down Washington, down College, and along Hanover back to the Visitor Center. I found all of the stops on the map, including Mary Washington's home, Betty Washington Lewis's home Kenmore, Mary Washington's grave, and numerous beautiful homes along the tree-lines streets. I peeled off my jacket as I walked and the temperature rose.
27 - Fredericksburg 7 27 - Fredericksburg 8Courthouse, not a church At the end of the walking tour, I revisited Caroline Street, which was the main shopping district. I found lots of antiques and collectibles shops, boutiques, art galleries, specialty stores, and more. By the time I finished walking the entire length of Caroline and a number of side streets, going in and out of many of the shops, I had over 14,000 steps completed and had developed blisters on my feet. I treated myself to a nice lunch at a microbrewery before leaving town.
27 - Fredericksburg 5Kenmore, home of Betty Washington Lewis Shoppers were out in full force in Fredericksburg, but I imagine that's the case on most nice weekends. Musicians were strumming and singing and families and tourists alike were enjoying the city. Count me among them.
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