Rising Sun Tavern

1304 Caroline Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401 - United States





While not serving food or drink since 1827, the Rising Sun Tavern Museum provides a lively interpretation of Tavern life.

Built as his residence around 1760 by Charles Washington, George Washington's youngest brother, this frame building later became a tavern in 1792. Today it operates as a museum where guests are welcomed as if they have just stepped off a stagecoach into 18th century life. Visitors will learn about the life of Charles Washington, about how the Rising Sun Tavern entertained, served, and provided accommodations for travelers and townspeople in the 18th and early 19th centuries.


Built by George Washington’s youngest brother Charles around 1760 as his home, this frame building became a tavern in 1792. It operated for 35 years as a stopover for travelers in the bustling port town of Fredericksburg. Visitors to the site will experience a colorful introduction to 18th century tavern lift through a lively tour given by our costumed interpreters.

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