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:
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.
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.
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!