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Rising Sun Tavern

While not serving food or drink since 1827, the Rising Sun Tavern Museum provides a lively interpretation of colonial tavern life.

The site now known as the Rising Sun Tavern was constructed in the early 1760s as the family home for Charles Washington. The youngest brother of George Washington, Charles Washington was a gentleman involved in Fredericksburg politics and civic life.

Charles Washington also contributed toward the Patriot war effort in Fredericksburg during the American Revolution. He signed the Leedstown Resolves denouncing taxation without representation, organized and enforced boycotts against British imports, and helped supply the local militia. After moving away from Fredericksburg in the early 1780s, Charles founded Charles Town, West Virginia.

For the next several years, the property was owned by Charles Washington’s oldest son, George Augustine Washington. By 1792, the property was purchased by another gentleman and Revolutionary War veteran, Gustavus Brown Wallace. Soon after purchasing the property, Colonel Wallace decided to lease it out as a tavern. Through the following decades, seven tavern keepers leased it from the Wallace family. It was known by several names in its history, including the Golden Eagle and the Rising Sun.

The Rising Sun Tavern is located near other Washington Family sites, including Mary Washington House (his mother’s house) and Historic Kenmore (his sister’s house).

The Rising Sun Tavern is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

ℹ️  Rising Sun Tavern Museum hours and ticket information


The lawn of the Rising Sun Tavern is available for small outdoor weddings.  Please phone 540-371-1494 or email [email protected] for details, and availability. All accommodations are subject to change in accordance with the most current COVID restrictions.

costumed docents at Rising Sun Tavern
Contact Rising Sun Tavern
Daniel Hawkins, Manager
(540) 371-1494
1304 Caroline St., Fredericksburg, Virginia 22401