Fredericksburg, Virginia is located in the northeast corner of Spotsylvania County, which stretches south to the northern border of Lake Anna, Virginia. You can reach Fredericksburg by 2 main north/south routes, I-95 and Route 1. Route 3 is the main route, through Fredericksburg, east to coastal Rappahannock River and west to Culpeper. An additional east/west route, running south of Route 3, is Lafayette Street (within Fredericksburg) and becoming Route 208 west of Route 1. Route 208 west takes you to the Historic Town of Spotsylvania Courthouse, Virginia and beyond to Lake Anna. Along this route and west of the major shopping areas off Route 3, are beautiful neighborhood suburbs, where RE/MAX Lake & Country offer a number of In Town Homes for sale.
Fredericksburg provides tons of large shopping facilities, located west of I-95 on route 3, to include the Central Park and Spotsylvania Malls. Also, along this path, are many other smaller shopping stores, until miles west this route turns to beautiful countryside and eventually the Historic town of Culpeper. Additional smaller shopping facilities are also provided east of I-95 to Route 1.
East of Route 1, route 3 turns into William Street where you eventually enter the Historic Section of Fredericksburg called "Old Town", lying along the Rappahannock River. The main historical streets you will cross on William Street, include Sophia along the river, Caroline, Princess Anne and Prince Edward Streets. Most visitors to "Old Town", usually park and walk the streets to visit the many quaint shops, restaurants along with many other places to see there, including the Fredericksburg Visitor Center. Making a right from William onto any of the above streets will take you to the beginning of Lafayette Street, where you can access Fredericksburg's train station taking you south to Richmond or North to Washington, DC.
Some of the things you can do in "Old Town" are:
- Visit Chatham, a Georgian-style mansion built in the 18th century and which played a major role in the civil war.
- Take Civil War tours, including lodging, meals, guides and attractions.
- If you arrange it right, take a tour of the many gardens in Fredericksburg, offered on Saturdays, once a month, to include Kenmore, Ferry Farm, Mary Washington House, Chatham, Belmont, James Monroe Museum and Downtown Greens.
- George Washington's Ferry Farm, where Washington grew to manhood.
- Fredericksburg Battlefield Cemetary.
- James Monroe Museum.
- Kenmore, one of the most elegant Colonial mansions in America.
- Mary Washington House, where Mary Ball Washington spent her last 17 years.
- Old Time Carriage Company at 1200 Charles Street, to take a horse drawn carriage tour of Fredericksburg.
- City of Fredericksburg River Cruise. Lunch and evening cruises of the scenic Rappahannock River on the "City of Fredericsburg", a 100-foot paddle wheel boat.
- Along with many other options including the shops and restaurants.
Fredericksburg has had a long and interesting history due to it's strategic location below the falls of the Rappahannock River, the favorite fishing and hunting grounds of local indians and the first frontier to early settlers. The town's importance grew due to it's river traffic, where in 1728 it became an official inland port where tobacco trade prospered.
Fredericksburg contributed heavily to the American cause in the Revolutionary War, possibly due to its proximity to George Washington's boyhood home or its safe distance from the Colonial government in Williamsburg.
The city settled down, after the war, building grand mansions along with small frame houses and the bustling business district along the river.
However, a few generations later, due to it's location halfway between two civil war capitals, Washington DC and Richmond, it sustained heavy battles for three years. Many of the memories of these battles have been preserved well, with it's large downtown historic district dotted with colonial structures and reminders of it's past glories and scars. Lastly, you can visit a major National Park, where the city's previous battles are interpreted.