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Fredericksburg, Virginia
"Independent city
City of Fredericksburg
""Historic downtown Fredericksburg
Historic downtown Fredericksburg
""Flag of Fredericksburg, Virginia
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""Official seal of Fredericksburg, Virginia
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""Coat of arms of Fredericksburg, Virginia
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Motto: America's Most Historic City
""Fredericksburg, Virginia is located in Northern Virginia
Fredericksburg, Virginia
Fredericksburg, Virginia
""Fredericksburg, Virginia is located in Virginia
Fredericksburg, Virginia
Fredericksburg, Virginia
""Fredericksburg, Virginia is located in the US
Fredericksburg, Virginia
Fredericksburg, Virginia
Coordinates: 38°18′6.5″N 77°28′15″W / 38.301806°N 77.47083°W / 38.301806; -77.47083
Country "United States
"State "Commonwealth of Virginia
"County None ("Independent city since 1879, adjacent to "Spotsylvania County)
Founded 1728
"Incorporated 1781
Government
 • "Mayor Mary Katherine Greenlaw
Area
 • "Independent city 10.5 sq mi (27.2 km2)
 • Land 10.4 sq mi (27.0 km2)
 • Water 0.08 sq mi (0.2 km2)
Elevation 59 ft (18 m)
Population ("2010)[1]
 • "Independent city 24,286
 • Estimate (2015)[2] 28,118
 • Density 2,326/sq mi (898.2/km2)
 • "Urban 141,238 (US: "231st)
"Time zone "Eastern (EST) ("UTC-5)
 • Summer ("DST) "EDT ("UTC-4)
"ZIP codes 22401–22404 (4 total)
"Area code(s) "540
"FIPS code 51-29744[3]
"GNIS feature ID 1494947[4]
Website www.fredericksburgva.gov
* "Independent from Spotsylvania County in 1879

Fredericksburg is an "independent city located in the "Commonwealth of "Virginia in the "Eastern United States. As of the "2010 census, the population was 24,286,[1] up from 19,279 at the 2000 census. The city population was estimated at 28,118 in 2015.[2] The "Bureau of Economic Analysis of the "United States Department of Commerce combines the city of Fredericksburg with neighboring "Spotsylvania County for statistical purposes.

Located 45 miles (72 km) south of "Washington, D.C. and 58 miles (93 km) north of "Richmond, Fredericksburg is part of the "Northern Virginia region[5][6] and is included in the "Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Located near where the "Rappahannock River crosses the "Atlantic Seaboard fall line, Fredericksburg was a prominent port in Virginia during the colonial era. During the "Civil War, the town, located halfway between the capitals of the opposing forces, was the site of the "Battle of Fredericksburg and "Second Battle of Fredericksburg, preserved in part as the "Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. More than 10,000 African Americans in the region left slavery for freedom in 1862 alone, getting behind Union lines. Tourism is a major part of the economy, with approximately 1.5 million people visiting the Fredericksburg area annually, including the battlefield park, the downtown visitor center, events, museums and historic sites.[7]

Fredericksburg is home to several major retail and commercial centers including "Central Park (as of 2004, the second-largest mall on the "East Coast) and "Spotsylvania Towne Centre, located in Spotsylvania County adjacent to the city line. Major employers include the "University of Mary Washington, Mary Washington Healthcare, and "GEICO. Many Fredericksburg-area residents commute to work by car, bus, and rail to Washington and Richmond, as well as "Fairfax, "Prince William, and "Arlington counties.[8][9][10][11]

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History[edit]

At the time of European encounter, the indigenous inhabitants of the area that became Fredericksburg were a "Siouan-speaking tribe called the "Manahoac. English colonists recorded the name of the Manahoac village there as Mahaskahod.[12] Siouan tribes occupied much of the area of the Piedmont. The Tidewater areas of the coastal plain had primarily "Algonquian-speaking tribes making up the "Powhatan Confederacy.

Colonial[edit]

Located on the "Rappahannock River near the head of navigation at the "fall line, Fredericksburg developed as the frontier of colonial Virginia shifted west from the "coastal plain into the Piedmont. The land on which the city was founded was part of a tract patented in 1671. The "Virginia General Assembly established a fort on the Rappahannock in 1676, just downriver of the present-day city. In 1714, Lt. Gov. "Alexander Spotswood sponsored a German settlement called "Germanna on the "Rapidan River, a tributary of the Rappahannock upstream from the future site of the city. In 1716, he led an exploratory expedition westward over the "Blue Ridge Mountains.

As interest in the frontier grew, the colonial assembly responded by forming a new county named "Spotsylvania (after Alexander Spotswood, the governor at the time) in 1720 and establishing Fredericksburg in 1728 as a port for the county, of which it was then a part. Named for "Frederick, Prince of Wales,[13] son of King "George II, the colonial town named its streets after the members of the royal family. The county court was moved to Fredericksburg in 1732, and the town served as "county seat until 1780. The court was then moved closer to the county center in "Spotsylvania County. In 1781, Fredericksburg was incorporated as a "town, with its own court, council, and mayor. It received its charter as an independent city in 1879, and under Virginia law was separated from Spotsylvania County. The city adopted its present city manager/council form of government in 1911.

The city has close associations with "George Washington, whose family in 1738 moved to "Ferry Farm in "Stafford County near the Rappahannock River opposite Fredericksburg. Washington's mother Mary later moved to the city, and his sister Betty lived at "Kenmore, a plantation house then outside the city. Other significant early residents include the Revolutionary War generals "Hugh Mercer and "George Weedon, naval war hero "John Paul Jones, and future U.S. president "James Monroe. Thomas Jefferson wrote the "Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom in Fredericksburg.

19th century[edit]

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Fredericksburg, Virginia, March 1863. View from across the "Rappahannock River. To the right is the steeple of "Fredericksburg Baptist Church, and toward the center is the tower of St. George's Church. To the left of center are two mill buildings of the manufacturing district.
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The "RF&P Subdivision rail bridge over the Rappahannock River in 2017

During the 19th century, mills continued to be developed along the Rapahannock River, which provided water power. There were mills for grinding flour, processing and weaving cotton, and other manufacturing. Fredericksburg sought to maintain its sphere of trade, but with limited success. It promoted the development of a "canal on the Rappahannock and construction of a "turnpike and "plank road to bind the interior country to the market town. By 1837, a north-south railroad, which became the "Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac Railroad, linked the town to Richmond, the state capital. A much-needed railroad joining the town to the farming region to the west was not finished until after the Civil War.

During the "Civil War, Fredericksburg was strategically important because of its port location midway between "Washington and Richmond, the opposing capitals of the "Union and the "Confederacy. During the "Battle of Fredericksburg, December 11–15, 1862, the town sustained significant damage from bombardment and "looting by the Union forces.

During that engagement, nearly 10,000 slaves left area plantations and city households to gain freedom by crossing the Rappahannock River to Stafford County and join the Union lines, part of a movement by slaves throughout the South in wartime.[14] John Washington, a literate slave who shortly crossed to freedom, wrote later about people watching the approach of Union troops across the river from Fredericksburg: “No one could be seen on the street but the colored people. and every one of them seemed to be in the best of humors.”[15]

A "Second Battle of Fredericksburg was fought in and around the town on May 3, 1863, in connection with the "Chancellorsville campaign (April 27, 1863 – May 6, 1863). The battles of "the Wilderness and "Spotsylvania Court House were fought nearby in May 1864. The Washington Woolen Mill, a large three-story building, was converted to use as a hospital during the war.

After the war, Fredericksburg recovered its former position as a center of local trade and slowly grew beyond its prewar boundaries. Neither the city of Fredericksburg, nor either of the surrounding counties, reached the 1860 level of population again until well into the 20th century. After the war, many freedmen moved to Richmond and "Petersburg, Virginia, where there had been established free black communities before the war, and there was more work.

20th century[edit]

In the early 20th century, as the "Jim Crow era continued in the South, there was widespread population movement as many African Americans left rural areas of the South for work and other opportunities in industrial cities of the North and Midwest in the "Great Migration. Some settled in Washington, D.C., where there were more opportunities, or further north.

War-related buildup at defense facilities for World War II added to area population in the 1940s. The 1960s brought renewed growth and development, fueled by the construction of "Interstate 95, which eased access for commuting and trade. By the 1970s, the city and the area had become a bedroom community for jobs in "Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C., the capital. Headquarters agencies, lobbyists, consultants and a range of other businesses were part of the regional economy influenced by the federal government. The city also benefited by its location near four military installations: "Quantico Marine Corps Base, the Army's "Fort Belvoir, the Navy's "Dahlgren Surface Weapons Base, and the National Guard's "Fort A.P. Hill.

The "University of Mary Washington was founded in Fredericksburg in 1908 as the State Normal and Industrial School for Women, to train white women for teaching K-12 and industrial skills. Adopting the name of Mary Washington College in 1938, the college was for many years associated with the "University of Virginia (then limited to white men) as a women's "liberal arts college. The college became independent of UVA and began to accept men in 1970. Recently, the college changed names from Mary Washington College to the University of Mary Washington. Two additional campuses for graduate and professional studies and education and research are located in suburban "Stafford County and in rural "King George County near the Dahlgren naval base, respectively.

Musician "Link Wray of Fredericksburg developed the "power chord of modern rock guitar in 1958 during his first improvisation of the instrumental piece ""Rumble", a single released by Wray & His Ray Men.[16] This innovation became widely used by rock guitarists. In the early 21st century, the local music scene includes a wide variety of genres.

A commuter rail line – the "Virginia Railway Express – was established in the 1980s, providing passage to Washington, D.C. and other cities north of Fredericksburg.

The city has become the regional healthcare center for the area. Retail, real estate, and other commercial growth exploded in the early 21st century, eventually slowing during the "Great Recession" beginning in 2007.

Geography and climate[edit]

""Fredericksburg, Virginia is located in Southern Northern Virginia
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According to the "United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 10.5 square miles (27.2 km2), of which 10.4 square miles (27.0 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km2), or 0.67%, is water.[17] The city is part of the boundary between the "Piedmont and "Tidewater regions, and as such is located on the "fall line, as evident on the "Rappahannock River. "US 1, "US 17, and "I-95 all pass through the city, which is located 53 miles (85 km) south of downtown "Washington, D.C.

The city is bounded on the north and east by the Rappahannock River; across the river is "Stafford County. The city is bounded on the south and west by "Spotsylvania County.

Fredericksburg has a four-season "humid subtropical climate ("Köppen Cfa), with cool winters and hot, humid summers. Daytime temperatures for much of the year average slightly higher than in Washington, D.C. due to the southerly aspect, although the inland location and distance from the "urban heat island present in the nation's capital make for significantly cooler low temperatures.

Climate data for Fredericksburg, Virginia (downtown, 1981−2010 normals)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 45.3
(7.4)
48.7
(9.3)
56.9
(13.8)
67.5
(19.7)
75.9
(24.4)
84.5
(29.2)
87.8
(31)
86.5
(30.3)
80.0
(26.7)
69.9
(21.1)
59.4
(15.2)
49.0
(9.4)
67.7
(19.8)
Average low °F (°C) 24.3
(−4.3)
26.1
(−3.3)
33.2
(0.7)
43.0
(6.1)
52.4
(11.3)
62.5
(16.9)
67.1
(19.5)
65.7
(18.7)
58.0
(14.4)
44.9
(7.2)
35.6
(2)
27.3
(−2.6)
45.1
(7.3)
Average "precipitation inches (mm) 2.90
(73.7)
2.51
(63.8)
3.99
(101.3)
3.35
(85.1)
4.08
(103.6)
3.97
(100.8)
4.53
(115.1)
3.39
(86.1)
4.32
(109.7)
3.38
(85.9)
3.75
(95.3)
3.18
(80.8)
43.35
(1,101.2)
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in) 9.5 10.1 11.4 11.7 12.5 10.2 13.1 10.0 9.4 8.8 9.8 11.2 127.7
Source: NOAA (precipitation days at Fredericksburg National Battlefield Park)[18][19]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
"1830 3,308
"1840 3,974 20.1%
"1850 4,061 2.2%
"1860 5,022 23.7%
"1870 4,046 −19.4%
"1880 5,010 23.8%
"1890 4,528 −9.6%
"1900 5,068 11.9%
"1910 5,874 15.9%
"1920 5,882 0.1%
"1930 6,819 15.9%
"1940 10,066 47.6%
"1950 12,158 20.8%
"1960 13,639 12.2%
"1970 14,450 5.9%
"1980 15,322 6.0%
"1990 19,027 24.2%
"2000 19,279 1.3%
"2010 24,286 26.0%
Est. 2016 28,297 [20] 16.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[21]
1790–1960[22] 1900–1990[23]
1990–2000[24] 2010–2013[25]
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Fredericksburg City Hall
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Fredericksburg Museum

As of the "census[26] of 2000,["needs update] there were 19,279 people, 8,102 households, and 3,925 families residing in the city. The "population density was 1,833.0 people per square mile (707.6/km²). There were 8,888 housing units at an average density of 845.0 per square mile (326.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 73.18% "White, 20.41% "Black or "African American, 0.34% "Native American, 1.51% "Asian, 0.06% "Pacific Islander, 2.56% from "other races, and 1.95% from two or more races. 4.90% of the population were "Hispanic or "Latino of any race.

There were 8,102 households out of which 21.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 31.8% were "married couples living together, 13.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 51.6% were non-families. 39.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.09 and the average family size was 2.81.

In the city, the population was spread out with 17.8% under the age of 18, 23.8% from 18 to 24, 27.2% from 25 to 44, 18.4% from 45 to 64, and 12.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 81.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $34,585, and the median income for a family was $47,148. Males had a median income of $33,641 versus $25,037 for females. The "per capita income for the city was $21,527. 15.5% of the population and 10.4% of families were below the "poverty line. Out of the total population, 19.9% of those under the age of 18 and 8.8% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.

Crime[edit]

The Fredericksburg Police Department tracks crime information under the state-level system of the Uniform Crime Reporting program.[note 1] Per state code, the central repository for crime statistics rests with the Department of State Police, which compiles data from all of the participating agencies into an annual publication.[27]

Politics[edit]

Presidential Elections Results[28]
Year "Republican "Democratic "Third Parties
"2016 33.3% 3,744 59.6% 6,707 7.2% 806
"2012 35.5% 4,060 62.4% 7,131 2.2% 246
"2008 35.3% 3,413 63.6% 6,155 1.1% 109
"2004 45.0% 3,390 54.2% 4,085 0.9% 67
"2000 43.9% 2,935 50.3% 3,360 5.8% 386
"1996 41.8% 2,579 52.2% 3,215 6.0% 370
"1992 41.0% 2,819 47.5% 3,266 11.5% 794
"1988 55.3% 3,401 43.6% 2,683 1.1% 70
"1984 58.6% 3,500 40.8% 2,439 0.6% 34
"1980 50.4% 2,502 43.8% 2,174 5.9% 292
"1976 49.1% 2,527 49.5% 2,550 1.4% 73
"1972 64.5% 3,211 34.2% 1,702 1.3% 63
"1968 42.3% 2,142 40.2% 2,036 17.6% 890
"1964 38.5% 1,511 61.4% 2,410 0.2% 7
"1960 53.7% 1,566 45.5% 1,326 0.8% 23
"1956 60.3% 1,672 33.7% 934 6.1% 169
"1952 61.2% 1,536 38.7% 970 0.2% 4
"1948 42.0% 810 42.3% 816 15.8% 305
"1944 38.9% 698 60.9% 1,092 0.2% 3
"1940 33.4% 522 66.3% 1,037 0.4% 6
"1936 30.3% 411 69.6% 944 0.2% 2
"1932 30.7% 366 68.2% 812 1.1% 13
"1928 54.0% 697 46.0% 594
"1924 27.6% 223 69.0% 558 3.5% 28
"1920 33.5% 299 65.1% 581 1.5% 13
"1916 31.2% 173 68.6% 380 0.2% 1
"1912 9.0% 51 73.1% 414 17.9% 101

By long-standing tradition (dating back to the Federal "Hatch Act of 1939, which prohibited government employees from participating in partisan politics), local elections in Fredericksburg are officially non-partisan. Neither the mayoral and council elections nor local constitutional positions (e.g. sheriff, Commissioner of Revenue, Commonwealth Attorney) list candidates with a party label.

Like the rest of "Northern Virginia, Fredericksburg has trended strongly "Democratic in the early 21st century. In the "2008 presidential election, voters in Fredericksburg gave "Barack Obama a total of 64.33% of the vote.[29] Only "Arlington County, "Alexandria, and "Falls Church in Northern Virginia had a higher percentage of votes for Obama.[29] According to Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections, no Republican presidential candidate has carried Fredericksburg since 1988.

Mayor Mary Katherine Greenlaw won election in 2012[30] and was reelected in 2016.[31]

Culture and recreation[edit]

Architecture and historic sites[edit]

Fredericksburg Historic District
""Presbyterian church fredericksburg VA.jpg
Location Roughly bounded by Rappahannock River, Hazel Run, Prince Edward and Canal Sts.,
Fredericksburg, Virginia
Area 200 acres (81 ha)
NRHP reference #

71001053

[32]
VLR # 111-0132
Significant dates
Added to NRHP September 22, 1971
Designated VLR March 2, 1971[33]
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Kenmore Plantation

Despite recent decades of suburban growth, reminders of the area's past abound. The 40-block Fredericksburg Historic District, listed on the "National Register of Historic Places, embraces the city's downtown area and contains more than 350 buildings dating to the 18th and 19th centuries. Crowds of tourists are attracted to the historic district of Fredericksburg during the summer months.

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St. George's "Episcopal Church in downtown Fredericksburg was established in 1720.

Within the historic district, four 18th-century historic sites have been managed by the "Washington Heritage Museums": the "Mary Washington House, where "George Washington's mother lived in her final years; the late 18th-century "Rising Sun Tavern, and the "Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop (the fourth, the St. James House (built 1768), is open to the public only during "Historic Garden Week). Important public buildings include the 1852 courthouse designed by "James Renwick, whose works include the "Smithsonian Institution's castle building in Washington and "St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City; and the 1816 town hall and market house, now operated as the Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center. Another site of interest is "St. George's Church. The James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library is located on the site where Monroe practiced law from 1786 to 1788. The museum is housed in a building made up of three individual structures, constructed at different times, beginning in 1816.

Nearby the historic district is the Lewis Plantation, later named Kenmore, the plantation home of George Washington's sister "Betty and her husband, patriot "Fielding Lewis.

The area's Civil War battles are commemorated in "Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. Formed by an act of Congress in 1927, the national military park preserves portions of the battlefields of "Fredericksburg, "Chancellorsville, "the Wilderness, and "Spotsylvania Court House. The "Fredericksburg National Cemetery, also part of the park, was developed by the federal government after the war on Marye's Heights on the Fredericksburg battlefield. It contains more than 15,000 Union burials from the area's battlefields. Many unidentified soldiers were buried in mass graves.

Among the 10,000 slaves crossing the Rappahannock for freedom with the Union in 1862 was John Washington. A literate slaves from Fredericksburg, he settled in New York and wrote an account of the wartime events several years later. His manuscript was discovered in the 1990s. It was published as the basis of two books, "David W. Blight's A Slave No More (2007), and John Washington's Civil War: A Slave Narrative (2008), edited by Crandall Shifflett.[34] In 2010, the National Park Service, which manages the battlefield, Stafford County, and the City of Fredericksburg worked collaboratively to post new historical markers on either side of the Rappahannock River as part of a "Freedom Trail" to mark this exodus.[14]

Notable 20th-century sites and structures include the campus of the "University of Mary Washington (begun in 1908), and "Carl's Ice Cream, an Art Moderne roadside ice cream stand, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and located on "U.S. Route 1.

Nearby points of interest include "Ferry Farm historic site across the Rapahannock in "Stafford County where Washington spent his boyhood, and the "George Washington Birthplace National Monument, located 38 miles to the east in "Westmoreland County on the Northern Neck. The historic community of "Falmouth lies across the Rappahannock to the north and includes the historic house Belmont, home of American Impressionist artist "Gari Melchers.

Parks[edit]

Public parks run by the city include:[35]

Public Library[edit]

"Central Rappahannock Regional Library

Education[edit]

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Monroe Hall, built in 1911, at the "University of Mary Washington.

Primary and secondary schools[edit]

The Fredericksburg City Public Schools are run independent of the surrounding counties. The public primary and secondary schools include:[37]

Private schools include:

Higher education[edit]

The "University of Mary Washington, established in 1908 and opening in 1911, is a four-year public university within the city.

Media[edit]

Fredericksburg's daily newspaper is "The Free Lance–Star. The Free Lance was first published in 1885, and competed with two twice-weekly papers in the city during the late 19th century, the Fredericksburg News and The Virginia Star. While the News folded in 1884, the Star moved to daily publication in 1893. In 1900, the two companies merged, with both newspapers continuing publication until 1926, when they merged as a single daily newspaper under the current title. Until June 19, 2014, the Free Lance–Star was owned and operated by members of the Rowe family of Fredericksburg. At that time, Sandton Capital Partners purchased the paper. On December 31, 2015 the newspaper and associated website were purchased by "Berkshire Hathaway′s BH Media Group.[38] Fredericksburg.Today, an online "hyperlocal news site began operation following the 2014 bankruptcy of The Free Lance–Star.[39]

Fredericksburg and the nearby region have several radio stations, including (on the "FM dial) "WYAU (89.5, "Public Radio), "WJYJ (90.5, Christian), "WFLS (93.3, country), "WGRQ (95.9, "SuperHits", licensed to nearby Fairview Beach), "WWUZ (96.9, classic rock, licensed to nearby Bowling Green), "WVBX (99.3, "The Vibe", rhythmic contemporary, licensed to nearby Spotsylvania), "WBQB ("B-101.5", adult contemporary) and "WGRX ("Thunder 104.5", country, licensed to nearby Falmouth). Fredericksburg "AM stations include "WFVA (1230, nostalgia) and "WNTX (1350, talk, news, and sports). WGRQ and WGRX are owned locally by Telemedia Broadcasting. WFLS, WWUZ, WVBX, and WYSK are owned by "Alpha Media.["citation needed]

In 2001, the "Arbitron media service began listing the Fredericksburg area as a nationally rated radio market.["citation needed] As of the fall of 2014, the area ranked 146th out of 272 markets surveyed, with a total market population of more than 325,000. Large broadcast companies like "Clear Channel Communications and "Cumulus Broadcasting are not active in the local market; almost all of its stations remain locally or regionally owned.["citation needed]

In television, Fredericksburg is part of the Washington market. One local television station, "NBC affiliate "WHFV, was briefly on the air in the 1970s.["citation needed]

Sports[edit]

There are no professional sports teams in Fredericksburg. In October 2013, the "Hagerstown Suns minor league baseball team formally applied to relocate there for the 2015 season,[40] but plans fell apart by November 2014.[41]

Sports at the secondary education level are run through the "Virginia High School League. On the collegiate level are the "University of Mary Washington Eagles. Other amateur athletics include "Fredericksburg FC of the "National Premier Soccer League (NPSL); and the Rappahannock Rugby Club, a senior men's rugby club competing in Division III of the Potomac Rugby Union.["citation needed]

Transportation[edit]

Fredericksburg is traversed by a series of rural and suburban four-lane highways and a multitude of small, two-lane roads. Among the major arterial roads is "U.S. Route 1, providing north-south transportation from the region to Stafford County, Washington, D.C., and points beyond. "Route 3 (Plank Road) is a major east-west route that connects downtown Fredericksburg (via the Blue and Gray Parkway bypass), southern Stafford and King George counties, and "Route 301 to the east with the large shopping centers, Spotsylvania Town Center and Central Park. To the west, Route 3 reaches "Culpeper, where it meets "Route 29 and "Route 15.["citation needed]

Most of Fredericksburg's traffic flow is to or from the north (Washington, D.C. metropolitan area) during peak commuting hours, primarily via "Interstate 95 and US-1. The US-1 bridge over the Rappahannock River is often a traffic bottleneck, and Route 3 has become increasingly jammed as residential development has grown west, along with a major regional shopping center.["citation needed]

As an alternative to I-95, some commuters use the "Virginia Railway Express rail service to Washington. Long-distance rail service is available on "Amtrak, which serves Fredericksburg via the "Northeast Regional and "Carolinian/"Piedmont routes. "Fredericksburg Regional Transit (FRED) is a recently started bus service in Fredericksburg which serves most area communities, retail shopping centers, two VRE stations, and downtown Fredericksburg.["citation needed]

Notable people[edit]

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Wounded soldiers being tended at Marye's House in Fredericksburg in May 1864[note 2]
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"American Civil War: "Union Army soldiers of 6th Corps, "Army of the Potomac, in trenches before storming "Marye's Heights at the "Second Battle of Fredericksburg during the Chancellorsville campaign, Virginia, May 1863 (#B-157).[note 3]
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Another look at downtown Fredericksburg
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James Monroe Museum in downtown Fredericksburg

18th century and before[edit]

19th century to present[edit]

Sister cities[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ The Uniform Crime Reporting program was developed and is administered by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It provides a nationwide view of crime based on the submission of statistical data from law enforcement agencies across the country. The crime information is collected under the National Incident Based Reporting System format
  2. ^ Sometimes mistakenly labeled as taken in the field after the "Battle of Chancellorsville, May 2, 1863.
  3. ^ Sometimes mistakenly labeled as taken at siege of "Petersburg, Virginia.

References[edit]

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