Virginia Itinerary: The Spirit of George Washington’s Home Town
The Itinerary at a Glance
George Washington grew up in Fredericksburg, Virginia, one of America’s most historic and intriguing cities. This tour visits the newly reconstructed home that Washington knew as a child and adolescent, along with featuring delicious food and spirits. A lively trolley tour of the town and fun dinner theater round out the experience.
3 Unique Experiences on This Trip
- George Washington’s Ferry Farm
- Riverside Center for the Performing Arts
- A. Smith Bowman Distillery
Duration: 3 Days
This Itinerary is Ideal For: All
George Washington’s Ferry Farm, a replica of the home Washington grew up in, has been recreated on its original foundation. A guided tour of the home and visit to the archaeology lab gives fascinating insight into the site both in colonial times and during the Civil War.
A treat awaits us at Spencer Devon. We’ll get a fun tour of the brewing facility to learn how good craft beer is made. We’ll then get a flighted tasting of their brews and after you have wet your whistle we’ll have a fine lunch here.
Continue with a visit to the Mary Washington House. In 1772, George Washington purchased this home for his mother, Mary Ball Washington. She spent her last 17 years in this comfortable white frame house. An avid gardener, Mrs. Washington could often be found tending to her plantings. According to legend, General Lafayette visited her here during the Revolution. Learn about this fascinating lady and take a stroll through her beloved gardens.
What is a group tour without a live theater experience? Fredericksburg’s Riverside Center for the Performing Arts is a smash hit with locals and visitors alike. Great food accompanies first-rate productions by national professional touring shows as well as regional talent.
After dinner the ghosts come out at night…..to play on the historic streets of Fredericksburg. Stay close to your guide as you investigate the legends of strange sightings and odd occurrences.
Four major Civil War battles were fought in and around Fredericksburg. We’ll walk with a local historian along parts of the Fredericksburg battlefield and come face-to-face with some of the soldiers who fought here. You’ll see their faces and hear their words – and learn what happened to them during the war.
The historic downtown district is filled with art galleries, antique shops, boutiques, restaurants and cafes – and best of all, it’s easily walkable. Stop for a cool treat at Goolrick’s Pharmacy, home of America’s oldest soda fountain, browse the galleries for something wonderful to bring home and pick one of our chef-owned restaurants for a scrumptious lunch.
Immerse your senses in a visit to A. Smith Bowman Distillery, which balances time-honored traditions with innovation and creativity to produce hand-crafted spirits. The aroma of fine distilling spirits greets you upon entering the tasting room, and the tour takes you behind the scenes to reveal the process of making whiskey, vodka, gin and rum. Taste the latest small-batch whiskeys and vodka and visit the gift shop to choose a bottle or two to bring home.