Historic Downtown Fredericksburg | Everything You Need to Know

Dated: 08/15/2019

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Just an hour south of Washington DC  and an hour north of Richmond, VA is one of the most historic downtowns to call home. Neighborhoods are intertwined among more than 350 original 18th and 19th century buildings in Fredericksburg's 40-block National Historic District. 


The City of Fredericksburg was established in 1728, downtown features unique boutiques, hidden gem antique shops, historic sites, nightlife, and some of the best locally-owned restaurants in Northern Virginia. If you’re a commuter, most homes are a quick walk to the VRE.  Mary Washington Hospital is 2 miles from downtown and the University of Mary Washington is 1 mile.


“The many residential areas in downtown Fredericksburg are close-knit neighborhoods. Their distinctive architectural characteristics reflect their respective periods of development. The church steeples that defined the town's Civil War skyline still preside over sanctuaries of worship. The historic street grid adapts amazingly well to modern automobiles, effectively diffusing traffic, and confounding the vaunted computer models of modern road planners.”




Take in the history of Fredericksburg's streets, historic sites, museums and battlegrounds with a tour. Tours include a downtown walking tour, 1781 Brewing Company, A. Smith Bowman Distillery, Chancellorsville Battlefield, Fredericksburg Hauntings Tours, Civil War Tours,  George Washington’s Boyhood Home at Ferry Farm, Historic Kenmore Planation, St. James’ House, Self-guided Tours and so much more.



Weekends in Fredericksburg are filled with event after event. From sports tournaments, to colonial camps, classic car shows, concerts, art festivals, farmers markets, outdoor movies, restaurant week, even a PorchFest, there is always something to do, day or night.



Downtown you'll find Benny's famous pizza by the slice or order a 28' pie for the family. Besides being one of the biggest pieces of pizza you may ever have eaten or seen, it is one of the best. Offering cheese, pepperoni, Italian sausage, and 2 specials each month. Seating is limited, so plan to take and go.


Cool off on a hot day with another Fredericksburg famous spot, Carl's. Carl's uses one of the original frozen custard machines, dating back to the 1940's, to whip up their custard. The average wait in line is 15 minutes, but it's worth the wait. Sports celebrities, to famous Politicians, to Movie Stars have enjoyed the famous recipe. Carl's has been featured on many TV shows including the Bachelorette,  And yes they all had to stand in line! They do not take credit cards so bring cash.


Deliziosa! Featuring an extensive menu in downtown Fredericksburg Castiglia's Italian Restaurant is locally owned and operated by the Castiglia family of Naples, Italy. Casual dining with outdoor seating available seasonally or check out their new rooftop terrace bar! It's sure to be a family favorite.


When you need your caffeine fix, stop by Hypersion Espresso in historic downtown Fredericksburg at 301 William St. Featuring coffees, teas, pastries and snacks. Even non-coffee lovers will fall in love.


Looking for things to do, click here to check out Trip Savvy’s list of “must-see” attractions in Fredericksburg.



Many of these homes boast detailed moldings & woodwork, hardwood flooring, historical front porches, and timeless finishes. Spend winter evening around your wood-burning fireplace thinking about who may have walked the streets before you or sat around your fireplace 150 years ago.


If you’ve been dreaming of a home downtown or in the Fredericksburg area, click here to receive listings & price drops as they hit the market.


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Source: https://www.fredericksburgva.gov/934/Historic-District