Fredericksburg Virginia Trails (Presidents)
George Washington influenced not only Fredericksburg's history but also the new nation he helped form. This tour emphasizes the Washington family and the beginning of James Monroe's career. You'll be walking along the same streets that Washington and Monroe traversed when they lived here.
Begin your tour at Ferry Farm, site of Washington's boyhood home, followed by visits to his mother's last home, the Mary Washington House, his brother's home which later became the Rising Sun Tavern, his sister's home, Kenmore, and the medical office of his friend, Hugh Mercer.
Your first stop is at the Fredericksburg Area Museum offering a glimpse into the life of Washington as a Mason.
President James Monroe started his law practice in Fredericksburg. The James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library offers an opportunity to see the fine decorative art collections of James and Elizabeth Monroe.