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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
And if you love antiques there are antique shops on every corner.
Put Fredericksburg, VA on your list of #BestPlacesToVisit.