Red Roses at Baptist Church Fredericksburg, VA
Red Roses at Baptist Church Fredericksburg, VA
Red Roses at Baptist Church Fredericksburg, VA

Virginia is for lovers of history, mystery and intrigue. People are welcoming and the gardens are beautiful. Slogans abound in my head, but if you love American history then add Fredericksburg, VA, known as America’s most historic city and the boyhood home of George Washington, Ferry Farm in Stafford County are places to add to your list of best places to visit. I would go there just for the Hyperion Coffee Shop.

Town Hall Rose Garden in Fredericksburg, VA
Town Hall Rose Garden in Fredericksburg, VA

Most of all I found Fredericksburg a place of historical intrigue. During the time I was doing my ancestry research for the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR #0773292) people long past seemed to come to life in my dreams. My Revolutionary War soldier, Allen Hood of South Carolina, a horseman under General Sumter’s command, Militia Duty, 1780-1781, could have easily crept through the woods during the epic Battlefield of Fredericksburg.

Rappahannock River, Fredericksburg, Virginia
Rappahannock River, Fredericksburg, Virginia

The woods of Virginia where The Battle of Fredericksburg and others took place seem shrouded with restless souls looking for their way home. In this place of peaceful rivers and glacial rocks where the land once was drenched in the blood of the souls who paid the ultimate price for the cost of freedom there is an eerie feeling of young soldiers or perhaps even native Americans softly creeping through the woods.

A Picture is Worth A Thousand Words
A Picture is Worth A Thousand Words

Shrouded in shadows a tree stands way back in the woods at my son & daughter-in law’s home where gazing out the kitchen window my lovely daughter said reverently, “Look, do you see my Civil War soldier kneeling?” I looked out the window and clearly visible is the outline perfectly formed within the trunk of the tree is a soldier kneeling as if in prayer.

Tree Roots along Fredericksburg Main Street
Tree Roots along Fredericksburg Main Street

Here are some pictures of this lovely historic town. The Town Hall in Fredericksburg is one of the longest continuous in use town halls in the country, surrounded by a rose garden dedicated from a sister city in Fréjus France. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1994. It is located in the Fredericksburg Historic District.

Fredericksburg Town Hall, one of the oldest continuous in use town halls in the US today.
Fredericksburg Town Hall, one of the oldest continuous in use town halls in the US today.
Located 49 miles (79 km) south of Washington, D.C. and 58 miles (93 km) north of Richmond, Fredericksburg is part of the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area .
In Commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Emmancipation ProclaLocated near where the Rappahannock River crosses the Fall Line, Fredericksburg was a prominent port in Virginia during the colonial era. During the Civil War, the town, located halfway between the capitals of the opposing forces, was the site of the Battle of Fredericksburg and Second Battle of Fredericksburg, preserved in part as the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. Tourism is a major part of the economy, with approximately 1.5 million people visiting the Fredericksburg area annually, including the battlefield park, the downtown visitor center, events, museums and historic sites.[4]
Frejus Place Garden, Fredericksburg, VA
Frejus Place Garden, Fredericksburg, VA

The Baptist Church in Fredericksburg as so many of the denominations in Fredericksburg have a rich history dating back to before the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. I found it fascinating that like so many monuments in other cities it is surrounded by a beautiful garden of Conard Pyle Star Roses and Plants symbolized by the  iconic ‘RadRazz’ Knock Out roses in a picture perfect garden surrounding their monuments to the past.

Hostages Held at the Fredericksburg Baptist Church
Hostages Held at the Fredericksburg Baptist Church
RadRazz KnockOut at Baptist Church Frederickburg, VA
RadRazz KnockOut at Baptist Church Frederickburg, VA

And if you love antiques there are antique shops on every corner.

How Much Is That Horsey In The Window?
How Much Is That Horsey In The Window?

Put Fredericksburg, VA on your list of #BestPlacesToVisit.

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10 thoughts on “Virginia, A Past Worth Exploring”

  1. You absolutely need to give us a heads up before your next visit! The PlantsMap.com office is within walking distance from all of your photos from your recent trip to Fredericksburg!!!

    1. Hi Bill,
      That is so exciting! We plan on being back for the holidays! I love the town and especially the Hyperion.
      Michael said y’all were so great.
      See you soon. Thanks for all of your wonderful support and I love Plants Map! Say Hi to Nick and Tracy. 🙂
      Susan

    1. Hi Chris,
      I agree. The town is so beautiful and historically relevant. It is the boy hood home of George Washington. I do so wish we could slow down as a country and appreciate the past a little more.
      Thank-you for being such a great and supportive friend. Say hello to lovely Mrs. Rose Diva.
      Susan

    1. Dearest Sue,
      Most likely our great, great, great, grandparents were hanging out there together. It was a hauntingly spiritual place. I don’t quite know why but it did seem very intense to me.
      Love,
      Your cousin

    1. Dearest Gisela,
      I found this place to be very hauntingly beautiful in so many ways. It is a very wonderful place to visit. I am so glad you read it. Hopefully you can visit one day. Thank-you for being such a great support.
      Love,
      Susan

  2. Great blog Gaga!!! Wow long time! Second time – first my computer crashed. I have never been to Virginia but would love to some day as I Love Washington, Roses and History! Great pics!!! Thanks 4 sharing!!! ++++ vibes and blessings to you! Seb

    1. Dearest Sebastian,
      You are and always will be special and one of my favorite people on this very planet! Fredericksburg is a place you would love and you have to go to the Hyperion coffee shop! It has the best coffee ever! Stop in on your way to see me in St. Louis out here in the middle of a corn field on your way darlin’!
      Love You!
      Susan

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