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From the haunting elegance of Chatham Manor to the fascinating history that still echoes among the forested hills, Fredericksburg, Virginia is a special place. It is called “America’s Most Historic City” for good reason – it was founded in 1728, was the childhood home of George Washington, and was one of the colony’s most important ports. Fredericksburg also saw two major Civil War Battles, the Battle of Fredericksburg and the Second Battle of Fredericksburg. The downtown area – an impressive 40 blocks of it – is registered on the National Register of Historic Places as the Fredericksburg Historic District.
With its location near the Potomac River directly south of Washington DC and due north of Richmond, Fredericksburg isn’t just an unforgettable place to visit – it is a fantastic place to live. Fredericksburg enjoys a strong economy with an unemployment rate of about four percent. It is one of the fastest-growing cities in Virginia, and the downtown train station makes commuting to DC and the rest of the East Coast fast and easy. Fredericksburg is also a college town, home to the University of Mary Washington.
Are you ready to discover all of Fredericksburg’s amazing locations (and perhaps a few secret hideaways)? Start your search for Fredericksburg apartments today and soon you’ll be exploring your new hometown!
Things to Do in Fredericksburg:
In 1738, George Washington’s family moved to a farm here – he was only six years old. That farm – now known as Ferry Farm – is a fascinating place to visit. Start at the Visitor Center, which features colonial and Civil War artifacts that were found on the property, along with an archaeology lab. If you visit during the week (Monday through Friday), you can watch the archeologists at work! From there, head to the beautiful gardens that feature the plants commonly grown during the 18th century. After that, take the self-guided tour of the 80-acre property and enjoy the historic sites, the wildlife, and the hiking trails.
Another fascinating location you must visit after moving to Fredericksburg is Chatham Manor. Built around 1768, this beautiful Georgian-style mansion overlooks the Rappahannock River. The house and plantation were owned by William Fitzhugh, a wealthy landowner who served in the House of Burgesses (1772-1775) and later served as a member of the Virginia House of Delegates and as a state senator from 1780-1787.
Major Churchill Jones bought the plantation home in 1806. During the Civil War, Chatham was taken over by the Union Army and served as a hospital. Chatham has the distinction of being just one of three houses visited by both George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Fredericksburg was a calamity for the Union army – they suffered one of their worst defeats here, suffering more than 12,600 casualties. Army surgeons operated around the clock for days on the hundreds of Union soldiers brought into the house. Two of the volunteers who assisted in this effort, famous poet Walt Whitman and Clara Barton, later founded the American chapter of the International Red Cross.
The Chatham House is located on the Fredericksburg Battlefield, which is part of the Fredericksburg/Spotsylvania National Military Park. This park contains four battlefields: Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Wilderness, and Chancellorsville. During the Civil War, more than 85,000 men were wounded and 15,000 were killed and buried in unknown graves. Start at either of the two visitor centers and get a map before you tackle this huge park. You can explore the trails and historic sites on your own, take a guided tour with a park historian, or take a self-guided driving tour.
Whether or not you believe in ghosts, Fredericksburg saw so much violence and death during the Civil War that today it is often called the Nation’s Most Haunted City. You can explore Fredericksburg’s spookier side on any of several ghost tours, including the Ghosts of Fredericksburg Tours or the Phantoms of Fredericksburg evening walk. For a more Halloween-inspired scare, you can visit the Wicked Woods Haunted Forest.
Old Town Fredericksburg is more than just historic – it is also a fantastic shopping destination! Head downtown and enjoy the shops, restaurants, theaters, museums, art galleries, and more. Old Town is also the location of a farmer’s market, a terrific place to buy locally-produced items. Deep Creek Vintage is a fascinating store located in a 1790s farmhouse and featuring antique and vintage items.
Located along the fall line along the Rappahannock River, Fredericksburg is an ideal location for enjoying the outdoors. The river is popular for kayaking, canoeing, and whitewater rafting. Aquia Landing Park is a beautiful historic park along the Potomac River. This park offers a riverside beach and picnic shelters and is used for swimming, sunbathing, picnicking, and fishing. For a day on the water, visit Anna Point Marina, where you can rent pontoon boats and wave-runners or purchase items such as tackle from the market.
If you enjoy wine trails, this area is home to some spectacular vineyards. Be sure to explore the Grapes & Grains Trail, which includes four wineries as well as a brewery and a distillery. Just some of the wineries in the area include Lake Anne Winery, Mattaponi Winery, and Potomac Point Winery.
What to Consider When Moving to Fredericksburg:
Tourism is a huge industry here, so be aware of that when searching for your new apartment in Fredericksburg. And while many Fredericksburg residents commute to either DC or Richmond, Fredericksburg is home to several major employers, including the University of Mary Washington and May Washington Healthcare.
Downtown Fredericksburg is absolutely stunning, with over 350 historic buildings built as early as the 18th century. Walking around Downtown Fredericksburg, you’ll see such amazing sites as the Rising Sun Tavern, a National Historic Landmark. It was built by Charles Washington, George Washington’s brother, in 1760. It became a tavern in 1792. It is open to the public as a living history museum, with “tavern wenches” and “indentured servants” explaining what tavern life was like in the 1700s.
The University of Mary Washington is a public liberal arts university that was established in 1908. It is a high-ranking university, considered one of the best universities in the nation. The university has an enrollment of about 4,000. The university offers several advanced degrees.
Why Fredericksburg Apartments Are Hot:
The city of Fredericksburg is a fascinating blend of old and new. It is famous for its Civil War battlefields, its parks, its many historic buildings and landmarks, and its fantastic museums. Fredericksburg’s Old Town is pedestrian-friendly, historic, and filled with antique stores, boutiques, art museums, and more.
Life in Fredericksburg will be filled with days spent golfing, hiking, bicycling, boating, or attending one of the many festivals. Apartments in Fredericksburg will situate you about halfway between DC and Richmond, providing a wealth of opportunities. Weekends can be spent exploring this important and historic area, from the landmarks in Washington DC to the natural beauty of Shenandoah National park.
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Nearby Colleges & Universities
- University of Mary Washington
- Germanna Community College
- University of Northern Virginia
- ITTTechnical Institute Springfield
- George Mason University
Nearby Military Bases
- Quantico Marine Corps Base Griffis
- Quantico Marine Corps Base Cedar Run
- Fort A P Hill Military Reserve Port Royal
- Quantico Marine Corps Base Dumfries
- Fort A P Hill Military Reserve North
- Thrilling historic sites, such as Chatham House, the only house in the US visited by both George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.
- Explore the four battlefields that make up the Fredericksburg/Spotsylvania Natioanl Military Park.
- Amazing parks, such as the Historic Port of Falmouth Park and Aquia Landing Park.
- Outdoor activities include hiking, rafting, tubing, water skiing, boating, fishing, and camping.
- The Fredericksburg Historic District contains over 350 buildings, including the Mary Washington House and Rusing Sun Tavern.
- The University of Mary Washington, established in 1908, is a public liberal arts college located in Fredericksburg.