Rising Sun Tavern
Rising Sun Tavern
|Location||1304 Caroline Street, "Fredericksburg, Virginia|
|Part of||"Fredericksburg Historic District (#71001053)|
|NRHP reference #||66000919|
|Added to NRHP||October 15, 1966|
|Designated NHL||January 29, 1964|
|Designated CP||September 22, 1971|
|Designated VLR||September 9, 1969|
The Rising Sun Tavern is a historic building in "Fredericksburg, Virginia. It was built in about 1760 as a home by "Charles Washington, younger brother of "George Washington, and became a tavern in 1792.
This house, built by the younger brother of George Washington, was a popular stop for many, including "John Marshall, "James Madison, "Thomas Jefferson, "George Mason, and "John Paul Jones, among others, during the "American Revolutionary War. It was the site of George Washington's "great reception" after the "Battle of Yorktown. It was also the site of the first meeting of the Virginia Chapter of the "Society of Cincinnati in 1783. The property was sold to Larkin Smith in 1791and in 1792 was bought by Colonel Gustav Wallace who turned the building into a tavern.
The Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities, which is now called "Preservation Virginia, purchased the building in 1907 and it was given to the Fredericksburg Branch of that group to operate. In 1933, the Society of Cincinnati hosted a "Sesquicentennial celebration on the property and presented Preservation Virginia with a bronze medal in appreciation of their preservation efforts. The building is filled with period furnishings and stories of early life in Fredericksburg. In mid-2012, Preservation Virginia signed an agreement passing ownership to the newly created "Washington Heritage Museums" group by 2013. The site continues to be open as a museum.
Originally, the large front porch was not part of the structure. It was added during the tavern phase of the property. No longer serving food and drink, "Tavern Wenches" and male "Indentured Servants" provide visitors with a lively interpretation of eighteenth-century tavern life. The site is open daily.
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