Distinctive Destinations

Rising Sun Tavern

  • Constructed: c. 1760
  • Architect: Charles Washington
  • Location: Fredericksburg, Virginia

Built by Charles, George Washington's younger brother, around 1760 to be his home, the frame building became a tavern in 1792 in the bustling city of Fredericksburg. Purchased by the Wallace family, it operated as a tavern for 35 years as a stopover for travelers. Preservation Virginia acquired the tavern in 1907 and completed a full restoration of the building in 1930's. Much of the original woodwork survives to this day. Rising Sun Tavern is now owned and operated by Washington Heritage Museums.

Exterior angle of Rising Sun Tavern

photo by: Tess Shebaylo, Flickr

National Trust for Historic Preservation Member Discount

$1.00 discount off the regular adult admission. $0.50 discount off the regular student admission. 10% discount in the gift shop

Visit the Rising Sun Tavern

Plan Your Visit

Join the Trust to enjoy a host of membership benefits

Join Today

Your gift today will be put to immediate use, shaping the future of the places that matter.

Join Us