A little about Fredericksburg
With over 350 buildings dating from the 1700 and 1800's, history in Fredericksburg is part of our daily life. You will walk the same streets as Washington, see places that were pivotal in the Civil War and visualize life in other times as you stroll our streets. You will also enjoy our restaurants, shops and wineries that provide you a pleasure today as you reflect on yesteryear.
The history of Fredericksburg
During the 19th century, 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. Fredericksburg, Virginia, March 1863. View from across the Rappahannock River. To the right is the steeple of the Baptist Church and toward the center is the tower of St. George's Church. During the Civil War, Fredericksburg gained strategic importance due to its 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.
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