Walking Tour of Historic Fredericksburg & Potomac Point Winery

I've been driving past Fredericksburg on I-95 for years without ever stopping to check out its historic downtown area. Now is a good time to remedy that oversight with a relaxed walking tour of old Fredericksburg starting at the Visitor Center where complete information and a short video presentation is available. Following our tour, we can visit Potomac Point Winery in Stafford as we're heading back toward Washington.

Walking Tour of Fredericksburg

We'll start by meeting inside the Fredericksburg Visitor Center in the center of town. It's the cream-colored building below next to the Marriott.

Much American history happened in Fredericksburg because the town was settled early and is centrally located at the fall line of the Rappahannock River that's been a major route to the Chesapeake Bay for over 200 years. The area’s most famous resident, George Washington, came as a child to Ferry Farm in Stafford County with his family. Legends from his youth, the home he bought for his mother, his sister’s plantation home, and the house his brother built and later operated as a tavern are all here. 

Other historic sights on the tour include Kenmore Plantation, Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop, James Monroe Museum, Rising Sun Tavern, and Thornton Cemetery. The excellent Fredericksburg Visitor Guide provides a brief description and photos of all the downtown attractions. Check it out:

http://www.visitfred.com/sites/default/files/pdfs/VG2013_3-7-13.pdf

Finding great places to eat and drink is part of the allure. The historic area is a popular destination for the best local restaurants and shopping. Yelp lists Foode, kybecca, and the Here & Abroad Bistro as favorites downtown. Carl's is the famous place to go for frozen creme cones and sundaes.

http://www.yelp.com/search?find_desc=restaurants+downtown&find_loc=Fredericksburg%2C+VA&ns=1

Potomac Point Winery

On the way home, our group can stop at Potomac Point Winery in Stafford. It's a warm and comfy place with numerous wines to taste and good food in nice surroundings. We've enjoyed our visits there on several occasions. The winery is a short drive off I-95 about 22 miles from Fredericksburg heading toward Washington. Directions, map, and details are on the Potomac Point website when you scroll to the bottom of its page.

http://www.potomacpointwinery.com

Final Details

We'll need decent driving and walking weather for this event. I'll send out an email and post a notice here by 9:00 am Saturday morning if we need to cancel or change plans. Call Jake at[masked] if you need to find us. I can't always answer my phone at events, but you can try.

I hope to see you there!

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  • Bobbe

    A day filled with sunshine & warmth from the weather and the fun people! Enjoyed strolling the Rappahanock down to the City Dock (possible kayak launch), discovering the beautiful historic town (thank you Laura for the additional insight) and nothing beats ending the day sitting outside at Potomac Point Winery...good wine, foord, people, laughs & perfect weather.... THANK YOU JAKE!

    February 23, 2014

  • Cindy

    Beautiful day for walking around an old town and sitting outside at a winery. Thank you Jake.

    February 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for a lovely day. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting so many fun-loving people from this group. The weather was perfect. Hard to believe we have another arctic blast headed our way and so thankful for yesterday. If we make another visit to Fredericksburg, I promise to take over a bit as tour guide and get us out to all those historical spots and still find time to have a drink or two at a few of the fabulous restaurants and bars (OK...or three drinks...we can do a walk, then lunch/apps and then more touring and then have dinner/apps!) . I really loved Potomac Point Winery and have only been twice since it opened in 2006. I plan to make it out more regularly as I joined the Women Wild about Wine Club. Anybody interested in wine I can get you a 10% discount.

    1 · February 23, 2014

  • Mary Ellen K

    Hey Jake - it was a great day. It was terrific to hang with a bunch of great people and you always come up with fun things to do. Your organization and leadership are sincerely appreciated. A special thanks for ordering up the weather. Don't forget - J.C. we need more wine! The wines at Potomac Point were really good!

    February 23, 2014

  • Tammy

    Thanks Jake for organizing another great event. So lucky that we had such great weather- it was so relaxing and fun to sit outside at Potomac Point. And as always it was nice to meet some new people :)

    February 23, 2014

  • Sheri R

    Fredericksburg was a perfect combination of history, interesting architecture, a rushing river, unbeatable weather, and excellent companions. Sitting outside sipping wine at Potomac Point was a great way to spend the latter part of Saturday afternoon. Thanks, Jake!

    February 23, 2014

  • Sharon

    I went wandering while some were in the Ale House and never could catch up to you again. Sorry I missed the winery. I have been there before and the atmosphere there is wonderful! Maybe next time!

    February 22, 2014

  • Paul

    Great little town that we need to visit again!

    February 22, 2014

  • Barbara

    It was fun - wouldn't liked a bit more walking though - The Winery was great!

    February 22, 2014

  • Peggy #.

    Wonderful day. Fredericksburg is a place to spend a couple of days. There are many historical sights, fabulous restaurants and shops that need to be explored. The winery was a perfect way to end the day. Good people and a lot of fun. Thank you Jake, you are a Blessed man . Hope you feel better soon.

    February 22, 2014

  • Jake

    We had GREAT weather for a fun afternoon exploring old town Fredericksburg! It's a cool historic city that we'll see again in summer to kayak or just hang out. Many thanks to Laura for showing us where to go and introducing the Capital ale house. Our visit to Potomac Point was perfect. Good friends enjoying sitting outdoors in warm sunshine. It's been a long winter, but today made us feel like spring. Thanks to everyone for attending!

    February 22, 2014

  • Sonja

    Wow...what a great afternoon!

    February 22, 2014

  • Gloria

    Thanks Jake! for organizing this great outing to Fredericksburg! A few of us wandered off into some cool shops and had a great time. There is just not enough time in one day to explore all of this cool compact old town. We gotta go back!
    The winery was excellent! And as always it was great meeting new people. Really really nice.

    February 22, 2014

  • Neal

    Hey Jake, that was a fun combination with the old town and the winery. ...And thank you for showing up in spite of your cold---get well soon !

    February 22, 2014

  • Sharon

    Great Day!

    February 22, 2014

  • Tammy

    Maybe

    February 19, 2014

    • Tammy

      Have a friend visiting - hanging closer to home

      February 22, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Last minute change of plans.... I'll try to catch up with the gang at Poto Point

    February 22, 2014

    • mary c.

      same for me--see you all at the winery

      February 22, 2014

  • Pattie W.

    Anyone I could carpool with from around Chantilly area?

    February 22, 2014

    • Danny

      D'oh!!! I wasn't done yet & somehow hit send. If you feel like heading over here, I'd drive.You plan on the winery also? djpaqman@ Verizon.net

      February 22, 2014

    • Pattie W.

      Oops sorry. Emails not popping up in my folder. Gonna pass today but hope to meet up with you and this group in future. Tks.

      February 22, 2014

  • Pattie W.

    Anyone driving from Chantilly area? Would like to catch a ride. Haven't rsvp'd yet.

    February 21, 2014

  • Melissa

    Oh well, gonna cancel....all possible carpoolers from Bmore have cancelled and it's too far to drive by myself! See you next time!

    February 21, 2014

  • Alexandra S M.

    Any one coming from Baltimore who wants to carpool

    February 21, 2014

    • Melissa

      I'd like to Alexandra...email me!

      February 21, 2014

  • Elie

    Sorry I changed my RSVP, but I got a work assignment for Saturday morning and I am not sure I'll finish in time to drive down to this event. I'm going to try to make it, but I didn't want to take a chance and keep a spot reserved. Have fun...

    February 20, 2014

  • Vicki

    For anyone not wanting to walk a lot and to see more of old town Fredericksburg while there, catch the Trolley Tour that launches from the visitor center. Unless something has changed, you can get off and back on at key sites. Highly recommend the Rising Sun Tavern tour (it is a proper tavern you know) and a visit to the apothecary shop (not for the squeamish). A must see (I go every time I visit Fredericksburg) is a visit to Marye's Heights next to the Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center. If you sit thru their presentation to understand the war significance of the battle there and the sunken road, a walk up the hill amongst all the grave markers can be a very moving experience. Few people realize the no of casualties and significance of the Fredericksburg battles out rivals Gettysburg.

    If you take the trolley tour, be sure to ask if the guy taking the tickets is David. If so, may be my brother. Have a great time!

    2 · February 5, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Great information! I have lived in North Stafford for 20 years and never tire of visiting downtown Fredericksburg. My grown daughter lives there and loves it. Looking forward to the event and praying the weather cooperates.

      1 · February 5, 2014

  • Alexandra S M.

    Looking forward to meeting every one, I hope it does not snow again

    January 26, 2014

  • Renee

    It is a precious little town. I have only been there once but found the locals to be very nice.

    January 26, 2014

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