Fredericksburg is a charming town with an elaborate history. This town is located in Northern Virginia just 47 miles south of Washington, D.C. and 53 miles north of Richmond, Virginia. Fredericksburg Real Estate is combined with Spotsylvania County by the Bureau of Economic Analysis for statistical purposes. The area experiences a four-season humid subtropical climate with warm summers and cool winters, so Fredericksburg homes always look exceptionally stunning in the fall when the colorful leaves start to make their way down. The history left behind in this city has generated a significant amount of tourism. It actually brings in about 1.5-million visitors per year, so it has become a major part of the economy in Fredericksburg.
Fredericksburg real estate has a significant amount of single-family homes. There are historic properties from the 18th and 19th centuries on generous lots of land. Fredericksburg has a great deal of colonial-style homes in particular. This style is very common for the area considering the history, so the town is filled with old-world charm. Modern homes and newer construction are also available most commonly in residential tracts. Both historic and modern homes come with their own unique features and extraordinary finds. One of the most marveled over Fredericksburg properties for sale on the market right now is an 1830’s four-story brick mansion. It has six bedrooms, six-and-a-half bathrooms, an elevator to three stories, 9,000 square feet of space and elegance, and it is located right in the heart of historic Fredericksburg. This home is the epitome of too good to be true. It has 1800’s crown molding and the interior detailing of the estate is bewitching. This home is out of reach for many, but its meticulous and enchanting nature is a great example of the unique properties that can be found in this town.
The history of Fredericksburg dates back to the early 1600’s when John Smith arrived to initiate the Jamestown Settlement. The inhabitants at the time were the Siouan-speaking Manahoac Indians. The Virginia General Assembly established a fort on the Rappahannock River in 1676, just below present day Fredericksburg. In 1714, Germanna, a German settlement, was sponsored by Lieutenant Governor Alexander Spotswood on the Rapidan River. This led an expedition to go westward past the Blue Ridge Mountains two years later. A new county was formed in 1720 as interests grew, and it was named Spotsylvania after Alexander Spotswood. Fredericksburg was then established as the port for the county in 1728. Fredericksburg was named after Frederick, the Prince of Wales, who was the son of King George II. In 1781, Fredericksburg was incorporated as a town, and in 1879, it received its charter as a city. However, during that time, the town underwent the Battle of Fredericksburg in 1862. Then the Second Battle of Fredericksburg happened in 1863. This was all part of the American Civil War. Separating from Spotsylvania County, Fredericksburg adopted its own form of government in 1911. In the past and today, Fredericksburg serves and has served as a bedroom community for Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C.
Public schools in Fredericksburg run independent of the surrounding counties in their own district. The public schools include James Monroe High School, Walker Grant Middle School, Hugh Mercer Elementary School and Lafayette Upper Elementary School. Private Schools include Fredericksburg Academy, Fredericksburg Christian School, Saint Michael the Archangel High School and Lighthouse Academy. Last, but surely not least is the higher education. The University of Mary Washington, a four-year public university established in 1908, focuses on undergraduate education in the liberal arts and sciences. Fredericksburg’s prime location along the Rappahannock River provides residents with an assortment of lakeside amenities including trails, parks, nature programs and more to promote an active and healthy lifestyle. It’s always a good idea to unplug and connect with nature especially in a place with such an abundance of natural beauty. You can also enjoy nature at the 800-acre Motts Run Reservoir Recreation Area, a common spot for hiking, picnics, fishing, kayaking and canoeing. More opportunities to stay active and healthy are at Fredericksburg’s parks and recreation department which provides athletic, dance and fitness classes for all age ranges and skill levels to try out. There are also town events held throughout the year such as the annual Christmas parade, Heritage Festival, Antique Auto Show, Oktoberfest, and a soapbox derby.
This town’s history has all but been left behind or forgotten. George Washington’s childhood home resides in Fredericksburg as well as the Civil War battlefields and the James Monroe Museum, all being preserved and available for public viewing. Old Town Fredericksburg is the heart and soul of this town. The city’s past joins forces with today’s modernism and creates a wonderful atmosphere that has become a local and tourist favorite. There are over 100 boutiques, antique shops, art galleries and restaurants in the midst of this 40-block historic district. Over 350 original 18th and 19th century properties remain standing as well as the oldest continuously running soda fountain in the United States. There’s nothing better than a small town with a historic downtown district. It’s a great place to spend time on the weekends or afternoons with friends and family and to show out-of-town visitors.
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